India and Bangladesh began evacuating more than two million people Monday as a cyclone barreled towards their coasts, with officials racing to ready extra shelters amid fears of coronavirus contagion in cramped refuges.
Sun sets behind a patterned cloud formed over the city in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on Monday, May 18, 2020. (AP)
The cyclone would bring "heavy rain and high-velocity winds" to coastal districts in West Bengal and Odisha states, G.K. Das of the Regional Meteorological Centre in India's eastern city of Kolkata told AFP.
People try to pull back a fishing boat that was carried away by waves on the Arabian Sea coast as others run to take shelter in Veraval, Gujarat, India, on June 13, 2019. (AP)
Bangladesh's low-lying coast, home to 30 million people, and India's east are regularly battered by cyclones that have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in recent decades.SHOW MORE