Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel
Cyclone Amphan is tracking towards India and Bangladesh and is forecast to make landfall near Kolkata, India as a Category 3 storm from Wednesday 20 May (local time). It is then predicted to move north east towards the Jashore region of Bangladesh.
Cyclone Amphan is predicted to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, and destructive winds which may reach speeds of up to 210km/hr.
New Zealanders in North Eastern India and Bangladesh are advised to stay away from areas affected by the cyclone. It is recommended to follow the advice of local authorities including evacuation orders.
Seek suitable shelter. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a cyclone. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.
Updated information about the cyclone can be found on the following websites: Tropical Storm Risk and the Indian Meteorological Department and Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Transport links may be impacted. Contact your airline or travel agent directly to find out if your travel has been disrupted.
New Zealanders requiring emergency assistance should dial 112 in India and 999 in Bangladesh for the national emergency hotline.
New Zealanders in India and Bangladesh requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in New Delhi on +91 11 4688 3170 or at email@example.com. For urgent consular assistance outside of business hours please call +64 99 20 20 20.
Posted:19 May 2020, 11:20