Millions have been evacuated and aid agencies are on high alert as powerful Cyclone Amphan moves closer to India and Bangladesh.

The cyclone, which briefly reached category 5 “super” status on Tuesday while tracking north across the Bay of Bengal, is expected to make landfall in India’s easternmost state of Odisha overnight Wednesday, likely as a category 1 storm.

According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), powerful winds and heavy rainfall are expected, while low-lying coastal areas will be at risk of a storm surge up to 2.2 meters. 

Evacuation efforts have been complicated by COVID-19, with many evacuation centres already being used as isolation and quarantine facilities. 

Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children in India said:

“This is one of the most powerful cyclones we’ve faced in India in many years, and I am particularly concerned about those communities in low-lying areas. Mass evacuations have been taking place in recent hours and days, however, this is made all the more complex by COVID-19 and efforts to enforce social distancing.

“Save the Children has long history responding to disasters across India and we stand ready to work with the government and respond as required.”

Related Posts

  • Save the Children joins hands with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), supported by Verizon…

    Read More
  • Even in 2021, the world still continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. More…

    Read More

Looking for some inspiration today?

Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated with our work.

Looking for some inspiration today? Read our Stories of Change

Together, we've empowered thousands of children. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

Read now Donate

Children can change the world

Don’t believe it? Read stories of our child champions, who have surpassed all odds to create their own success story. They stand as a testament to will power and strength to overcome obstacles.

Read now Donate


Every child offers something special. Together with children, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.

Read now Donate


Together, we've empowered thousands of children. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

Read MOre