Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the wake of Cyclone Amphan. In low-lying coastal areas like Khulna and Satkhira, villages are now submerged.
At least 72 people have lost their lives in India's West Bengal state, and 12 people have been confirmed dead in Bangladesh due to the cyclone. We've just received this video from our photojournalist in Bangladesh. Our hearts are with our Bangladeshi church partners during this extremely challenging time.Â
We praise God the authorities were able to evacuate nearly 2.5 million people before the cyclone hit. And grieve for the lives lost. May God use His people powerfully at this time to bring care and comfort to those affected. Please continue to pray for children and families in India and Bangladesh.Â
20 May 2020
Millions of people are being evacuated right now as the most powerful cyclone in twenty years bears down on Bangladesh and India.
Approaching from the Bay of Bengal, Super Cyclone Amphan is expected to hit the eastern coast of India and Southern Bangladesh with winds travelling up to 115 miles per hour at 6pm local time.
Officials in Bangladesh state that the cyclone could bring tidal waves and heavy rain fall, leading to floods. About 30 million people could be affected.
It has also been reported that evacuation efforts have been further complicated by COVID-19 restrictions.
We do not know as yet how this storm will impact them or Compassion-sponsored children and their families. We currently have 175 Compassion projects in Bangladesh. Please be assured that weâ€™ll contact you directly if your sponsored child is impacted by Cyclone Amphan.Â
We would appreciate your prayers during this time.
A PRAYER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN BANGLADESH AND INDIA
Heavenly Father, we pray for all those who will be affected by Cyclone Amphan. We desperately pray for your hand of protection over families living in the area, keeping them from serious devastation.
We ask that you comfort and draw near to those impacted by Cyclone Amphan. Please Lord, keep them safe.
We bring the churches in Bangladesh and those involved in the relief effort before you now. We ask you strengthen and safeguard them as they support those in need. In Jesusâ€™ name, amen.