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There Have Been at Least 24 Deaths in Bangladesh Due to the Tropical Cyclone
At least 24 people were killed and around 8 million people still don’t have electricity in the delta nation of Bangladesh, officials and news outlets said on Tuesday. Around 10,000 dwellings were damaged, and over 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of crops were lost, according to the authorities. Many fishing efforts, numbering in the thousands, were also lost.
According to the United News of Bangladesh, over 20,000 residents in the southern coastal area of Bhola were stranded due to floods caused by tidal surges.
Authorities in Bangladesh evacuated hundreds of thousands of people to cyclone shelters on Monday as Tropical Storm Sittrang formed in the Bay of Bengal and headed north toward the country’s extensive coast. Heavy rains throughout the day pounded Bangladesh, causing flooding in numerous coastal locations in the south and southwest.
Tuesday afternoon saw the storm weakening, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph) and gusts of up to 85 kph (53 mph). Dhaka’s meteorological service reported 88 kph (55 mph) winds on Monday night but claimed the threat had subsided by Tuesday morning.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that neither the camps holding the 30,000 ethnic Rohingya refugees on Bhasan Char island nor the 1 million in Cox’s Bazar district were flooded or sustained serious damage.
In 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled into neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar, where they were being persecuted by a Buddhist-majority government. The Rohingya people have accused security forces in Myanmar of torching their houses and committing widespread atrocities against them, including rapes and murders.
Minhazur Rahman, a government official in Mirshorai, Chattogram, reported on Tuesday that divers found eight dead in the Bay of Bengal, where a dredger had sunk the previous evening. He said that the waves were still strong on Tuesday.
As reported by Cumilla district administrator Raihan Mahbub, a tree crashed through the roof of a nearby home late on Monday night, killing both parents and their 4-year-old daughter.
Somoy TV of Dhaka claimed that at least 13 more people have been killed in unrelated situations around the nation. Media outlets in the area claimed that trees were the leading cause of death, while buildings collapsing and flooding also played significant roles.
The junior minister for power and natural resources, Nasrul Hamid, reported that out of a total of 48 million consumers, roughly 8 million were still without power as a result of fallen trees damaging distribution lines or electric poles being knocked down, primarily in rural regions. Read more: Paul Wellstone Died 20 Years Ago in Minnesota
According to him, the electricity grid would not be back to normal until Wednesday. Around 10,000 dwellings were damaged or destroyed, according to junior minister for disaster management and assistance Enamur Rahman. On Tuesday, following a 21-hour shutdown, authorities resumed operations at three airports.
On Monday, all river vessels in the nation were ordered to stop operating, all three airports were shut down, and fishing boats were urged to return from the open ocean and anchor in the Bay of Bengal. More than 160 million people call the delta nation of Bangladesh home, and the country is vulnerable to natural calamities like floods and cyclones because of its location. Read more: Lucy Letby; Nurse’s experiment reveals a disturbing trend in infant mortality
Many natural disasters in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries have been blamed on climate change, according to experts.
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