Tropical storm leaves at least 24 dead in Bangladesh

News

At least 24 people have died after Tropical Storm Sitrang lashed Bangladesh, leaving around eight million without power.

About 10,000 homes have been damaged and more than 6,000 hectares of crops destroyed, Bangladesh’s government said. Thousands of fishing projects have also been washed away.

Around 20,000 people were trapped by flooding triggered by tidal surges in the southern coastal district of Bhola, according to United News of Bangladesh news agency.

The storm first developed in the Bay of Bengal – the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean – before heading north toward Bangladesh’s vast coast.

Authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people to cyclone shelters on Monday as heavy rain battered the country throughout the day, flooding many areas in the coastal regions across southern and southwestern Bangladesh.

Divers recovered eight bodies after a dredger capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, said Minhazur Rahman, a government official in Mirshorai in Chattogram.

A couple and their four-year-old daughter died after a tree fell on their home while they were asleep, said Raihan Mehbub, a government official in the Cumilla district.

More on Bangladesh

At least 13 others died in separate incidents across the country, Dhaka-based Somoy TV reported.

Most died after being hit by falling trees, while others died from collapsing structures or drowning, according to local media.

A boy wades through water as streets are flooded due to continuous rain, before the Cyclone Sitrang hits the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 24, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

About eight million out of a total of 48 million electricity users remained without power after falling trees damaged distribution lines or electric poles were knocked over, mostly in rural areas, said Nasrul Hamid, junior minister for power and mineral resources.

The government halted operations by all river vessels in the country, closed three airports and asked fishing boats to return from the deep sea and remain anchored in the Bay of Bengal.

Advertisement
A man on the back of a mini truck waves to camera as he leaves after evacuating valuables on the Bay of Bengal coast secure their boats anticipating a storm in Patenga, Chittagong, Monday, Oct.24, 2022. Authorities in Bangladesh were evacuating hundreds of thousands of people across its vast coastal region on Monday as a tropical storm quickly approached amid fears of extensive damage. (AP Photo)
Image:
A man on the back of a mini truck evacuating valuables on the Bay of Bengal coast on Monday. Pic: AP
Fishermen on the Bay of Bengal coast secure their boats anticipating a storm in Patenga, Chittagong, Monday, Oct.24, 2022. Authorities in Bangladesh were evacuating hundreds of thousands of people across its vast coastal region on Monday as a tropical storm quickly approached amid fears of extensive damage. (AP Photo)
Image:
Fishermen on the Bay of Bengal coast secure their boats. Pic: AP

The storm weakened on Tuesday afternoon, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 40mph and wind gusts up to 53mph. The weather office in Dhaka said the danger has passed.

However, power distribution across the country will not return to normal until at least Wednesday, said Mr Hamid.

People wade through a flooded street amid continuous rain before the Cyclone Sitrang hits the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 24, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

The low-lying nation is prone to natural disasters like floods and cyclones.

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.