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Super Cyclone Amphan 2020: LIVE updates, forecast track details

According to the India Meteorological Department, Super Cyclone Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) on May 20, 2020. The states of West Bengal and Odisha were on high alert. We have been bringing live updates on Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan. Click here for updates

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Update 4:00 pm IST

At least 86 people have been died across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Amphan has become the first super cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone and the second-most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2020.


-At least 72 people have been killed in India.
-South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore  district in west Bengal region of India have been worst hit.
-Heavy winds damaged at least 100 boats anchored in the Ramanathapuram district in southern India.


-Twelve deaths have been confirmed in Bangladesh.
-In Bangladesh, the worst-affected district was Satkhira.
-Storm damaged at least 500 homes on an island within the Noakhali District.

Sri Lanka

-Two people were killed in Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka. One person died by a landslide and another by a fallen tree.
-More than 500 houses have been damaged by the cyclone, of which 145 are in Polonnaruwa.

Update May 21,2020 @ 7:00 am IST

-As of 6:00 a.m. IST, Cyclone Amphan was located 35 km northeast of Sagar Island, West Bengal, 70 km south of Kolkata, West Bengal, 95 km ENE of Digha, West Bengal, and 185 km west-southwest of Khepupara, Bangladesh.
-Twelve people died in India.
-At least seven people have died in storm-related incidents in Bangladesh.
-Two people died and over 2,000 others were affected by strong winds and heavy rains in Sri Lanka.

Update 8:00 pm IST

The death toll has risen to four in India. Two in Odisha and two in West Bengal.

Update 7:15 pm IST

Several roads have been blocked in Tangra area of Kolkata. The strong storm uprooted trees along the way. Also the storm damaged shops on Gabina Khatik road and New Tangra road.

Update 7:05 pm IST

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), cyclone Amphan has crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) across Sunderbans near lat 21.65N & long 88.3E between 1530 & 1730 hrs IST of 20th May with wind speed of 155-165 gusting to 185 kmph.

Update 6:15 pm IST

Two people have been died in India. A child died at Tihidi in the Bhadrak district. A 67-years old woman died in her house in the Satabhaya area of the Kendrapara district.

Update 5:45 pm IST

Super cyclone Amphan has made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, close to the Bangladesh border.

According to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the storm made landfall around 5 p.m. local time with sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour.

Update 5:30 pm IST

Super cyclone Amphan is currently located over northwest bay of Bengal, close to Bagar Island. around 70 km east of Digha. Amphan will cross west Bengal coast between Digha and Hatiya close to Sunderban. The current intensity is 160-170 KMPH near center.

The landfall process is forecast to end by 8:30 pm local time. The system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards with a wind speed of 155-165 KMPH during next 3 hours and weaken thereafter.

One person has been died in Bangladesh. A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer drowned when a boat capsized while evacuating villagers in the path of Cyclone Amphan.

Update 4:30 pm IST

-Total 148,486 people have been evacuated in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
-According to the Odisha's special relief commissioner Pradeep Jena, around 36 disaster response teams have been deployed across the state.

Source: India Met. Dept. @Indiametdept

Update 4:00 pm IST

According to the NDRF chief SN Pradhan, more than 5 Lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal and 1,58,640 people in Odisha.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has evacuated around 2 million people and set up 12,078 cyclone centers. According to the country's state minister for disaster management and relief Md. Enamur Rahman, cyclone is expected to make landfall in the city of Khulna.

Update 3:30 pm IST

Cyclone Amphan is set to make landfall in the coming hours, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the coastal border region of India and Bangladesh. Ahead of landfall, Bangladesh has evacuated 2.2 million people and India has relocated more than 430,000 others.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Amphan will start making landfall in less than two hours, from around 4 p.m. local time.

May 20, 2020

As of 11:00 p.m. super cyclone Amphan was located within 20 nautical miles of 20.6°N 88.0°E, about 87 miles (140 km) east-northeast of Paradip, Odisha, 78 miles (125 km) south-southeast of Digha, West Bengal and 171 miles (275 km) west-southwest of Khepupara, Bangladesh.

The Indian Red Cross Society has opened 65 shelters in Odisha and most of them located in coastal areas. the evacuees have been provided with masks and gloves to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the shelters.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has issued a danger Signal No. 7 for the Mongla and Payra ports while a danger signal No. 6 has been issued for the Chittagong port.

Two people have been killed and over 2,000 others affected by strong winds and heavy rains in Sri Lanka. According to the  Disaster Management Center, more rains are expected in the coming days as the deep depression over the south east Bay of Bengal had intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and was expected to bring heavy rains in the south east region.

Similarly, landslide warning has been issued in 10 districts of Sri Lanka including capital Colombo, the central highlands and the southern coast.

May 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm IST

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Amphan cyclone currently lies over west-central Bay of Bengal, about 520 km south of Paradip in Odisha and 670 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal.

At least three lakh people have been evacuated from coastal areas of West Bengal and moved to relief shelters.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has temporarily shut down ferry services on several major routes around the country. According to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), the routes include Paturia-Doulatdia, Shimulia-Kathalbari, Chandpur-Shariatpur, Bhola-Lakshmipur, and Bheduria-Laharhat.

May 18, 2020 @ 10:00 pm IST

Below is the forecast track and intensity for cyclone Amphan issued by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).


May 18, 2020 @ 9:00 pm IST

Cyclone Amphan has been now intensified into a super cyclonic storm.

The news agency ANI mentioned quoting Odisha Chief Secretary that, around 50,000-60,000 people will have to be evacuated.

The East Coast Railway has decided to suspend running of all special trains on the Bhubaneswar-Kharagpur route. Shramik special trains have been suspended and will not be allowed to run on the Bhadrak-Kharagpur route. Similarly, parcel and freight trains will be diverted via the Sambalpur-Jharsuguda route.

May 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm IST

According to a special bulletin issued by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), the cyclone was located at 985 km south-southwest of Bangladesh's Mongla port in southern Khulna region and about 1,075 km south-southwest of Chattogram seaport in southeastern Bangladesh.

May 18,2020 @ 6:00 pm IST

Source: PM Narendra Modi official website
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with  Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) & National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials to review the response measures against super cyclone Amphan developing in the Bay of Bengal.

During the presentation of the response plan, DG of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) informed that 25 NDRF teams have been deployed on the ground while 12 others are ready in reserve. Other 24 NDRF teams are also on standby in different parts of the country.

May 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm IST

According to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), thirty seven NDRF teams have been deployed in seven districts of Odisha and six districts of West Bengal in view of cyclone Amphan.

May 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm IST

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned light to moderate rainfall over Andaman and Nicobar Islands today. Squally wind speed reaching to up to 65 kmph are likely over the Andaman Sea.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts till May 20.

Cyclone Amphan is currently active over the Bay of Bengal threatening Odisha and West Bengal in India as well as Bangladesh. This is the first tropical cyclone of the 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season.

About Super Cyclone Amphan

Amphan is the first super cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. The 1999 Odisha cyclone killed more than 9,800 people and affected India, Bangladesh,Myanmar and Thailand. The Government of India had declared a national disaster in the aftermath of the cyclone.

According to the India Meteorological Department, Super Cyclone Amphan is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) on May 20, 2020. Amphan has now became a Category 5-equivalent super cyclonic storm.


  1. Bangladesh on Monday issued the danger alert over cyclone "Amphan" that is heading towards the coastlines of the country.

    A special bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time said the the cyclone was now staying at 985 km south-southwest of Bangladesh's Mongla port in southern Khulna region and about 1,075 km south-southwest of Chattogram seaport in southeastern Bangladesh.


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