Cyclone batters coasts of India, Bangladesh, millions flee

NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone is plowing inland after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category-3 hurricane, is packing sustained winds of up to 105 miles per hour. Authorities warn it could cause extensive damage to flimsy houses and a storm surge may push seawater inland, flooding crowded cities like Kolkata. The densely populated region has some of the most vulnerable communities in South Asia: poor fishing communities in the Sunderbans and over a million Rohingya refugees living in crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.