Tropical cyclone

Cyclone kills 20 and displaces 2M in Bangladesh and India

People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 10, 2019 after the cyclone Bulbul.
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday after Cyclone Bulbul struck. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 20 people have died and 2 million others displaced after Cyclone Bulbul struck the coastal areas of India and Bangladesh over the weekend, the Guardian reports.

The big picture: CNN notes the storm triggered flooding in both countries and reports Bangladesh Disaster Management minister Enamur Rahman as saying it damaged approximately 30,000 houses. "Falling debris" caused most of the deaths, Rahman said, per CNN.

How Cyclone Fani could threaten climbers on Mt. Everest

Total precipitable water showing a surge of moisture from Cyclone Fani headed into northeast India
Total precipitable water showing a surge of moisture from Cyclone Fani headed into northeast India. Image: University of Wisconsin/CIMSS

Cyclone Fani barreled ashore in India as a Category 4 storm early Friday, bringing extreme winds and storm surge flooding to the city of Puri and points to the north and east, but a threat looms for a more far-flung location: the Himalayas.

The big picture: This is climbing season on Mt. Everest and other peaks nearby, as dozens of elite — and some not-so-elite — climbers attempt to summit the tallest mountains in the world. Although Fani is tracking toward the northeast, along India's coast toward Kolkata and Bangladesh, the storm is also pushing a surge of moisture-laden air from near the equator toward the Himalayas. This could result in heavy snows that may endanger climbers.