Cyclone Bulbul kills 13 in Bangladesh
Dhaka: At least 13 people have been killed due to falling trees, collapsed houses and illness after cyclone Bulbul ripped through southern Bangladesh, authorities said on Monday.
The health directorate’s Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room, local administrations and police confirmed the toll on Sunday, bdnews24 reported.
The storm caused two deaths each in Khulna, Barguna and Gopalganj districts, and one each in Patuakhali, Bhola, Shariatpur, Pirojpur, Madaripur, Barishal and Bagerhat.
In Barguna and Bhola, 28 fishermen went missing as a boat was still unaccounted for after it ventured into the sea despite storm warning and another boat sank.
The cyclone, which later became a deep depression on Sunday, ravaged about 5,000 homes in the country’s south-western coastal districts, according to State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman.
But the extent of the damage is not very high, he said, adding: “We have been able to move the highest number of people to safety.”
As many as 5,787 safety shelters harboured over 2.1 million people during the cyclone, said Enamur. The evacuees returned to their homes on Sunday.
The storm made landfall near Sagar Islands in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district with its status downgraded to “severe” from “very severe” at about 9 p.m. on Saturday as the gale wind speed dropped to about 115-125 km per hour.
It took about three more hours for the entire storm system to move across the shorelines.