Cyclone lashes Bangladesh killing 9, flooding low-lying areas By Reuters

© Reuters. Folks wade by way of a flooded road amid steady rain earlier than the Cyclone Sitrang hits the nation in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 24, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

By Ruma Paul

DHAKA (Reuters) – A cyclone roared into the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, killing at the least 9 individuals, destroying homes, uprooting bushes and disrupting street, energy and communication hyperlinks, officers mentioned.

Mass evacuations earlier than Cyclone Sitrang made landfall on the west coast helped save lives however the full extent of the casualties and harm would solely be identified after communications are restored, they mentioned.

The cyclone barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal early within the day with winds gusting as much as 88 kph (55 mph) and a storm surge of about 3 m (10 ft) that flooded low-lying coastal areas.

Energy and phone hyperlinks have been largely lower and coastal areas plunged into darkness, officers mentioned.

Most people killed had been crushed by falling bushes.

No main harm was reported in refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, the place greater than one million ethnic Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar reside in flimsy shelters.

Officers suggested almost 33,000 Rohingya refugees who’ve moved from the camps to a flood-prone island within the Bay of Bengal to remain indoors.

Heavy rain fell on the streets of the capital, Dhaka, inflicting some flooding and disruption to commuters.

The cyclone additionally affected the jap Indian state of West Bengal.

South Asia has skilled growing excessive climate lately inflicting large-scale harm. Environmentalists warn that local weather change might result in extra disasters, particularly in locations like densely populated Bangladesh.

Farah Kabir, Bangladesh nation director of ActionAid group, mentioned 2022 had seen local weather emergencies comparable to floods and droughts “on a scale that has by no means been witnessed earlier than”.

“The local weather disaster is rising, and right here in Bangladesh we really feel its ferocity,” he mentioned.

“When excessive climate occasions like Cyclone Sitrang strike, communities are left devastated. We urgently want entry to funds that assist communities residing by way of the fact of the local weather disaster.”

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