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Cyclone Amphan claims 10 lives in Bangladesh

Special Correspondent |
Update: 2020-05-21 1:47:27 PM
Cyclone Amphan claims 10 lives in Bangladesh
Cyclone Amphan claims 10 lives in Bangladesh

DHAKA: At least 10 people were killed and three injured while super cyclone Amphan battered the country's south-western part on Wednesday night.

Dr. Ayesha Akter, assistant director at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter on Thursday (May 21).

The deceased are from Patuakhali, Barguna, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Bhola and Chattogram.

In Patuakhali, Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) leader Shah Alam, 45, died following a boat capsize in a canal in Kalapara upazila. Besides, a five-year-old boy Md Rashed, died hit by a falling tree branch in Galachipa upazila. 

In Pirojpur, Shahjahan Molla, 55, a resident of Mathbaria upazila, died after a wall collapsed on him during the storm.

In Bhola, Md Siddique, 65, of Char-Kachcharia died after a tree fell on him. Besides, Rafiqul Islam, 35, died after a trawler carrying him capsized near Ilisha Rajapur Ghat in Sadar upazila.

In Chattogram, Salahuddin, 16, from Municipality number 2 of Sandwip died during the storm.

In Barguna, Md Shahid, 60, died by drowning near his residence in Parirkhan Bazar of Sadar upazila.

In Satkhira, a 40-year-old woman named Karimunnessa, died after being hit by a falling tree branch during the storm in Kamarnagar of Sadar upazila.

Two other deceased could not be identified immediately. 

Besides, at least three persons were injured during the cyclonic storm, the DGHS said.

District administration has opened 10 control rooms to monitor losses caused by the cyclone Amphan.

The cyclone, however, is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually, according to met office special bulletin.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the cyclone hit the Sundarbans coast of Bangladesh coastlines after making a landfall in India's West Bengal.

The coastal areas were devastated by the cyclone. Many houses, roads and electric polls were damaged while trees uprooted in the coastal districts.

Heavy rains and high tidal surges broke the dams and submerged low-lying lands, ponds and crop lands in different areas. 

As sea will remain rough, all fishing boats and trawlers over north-Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice, the met office said.

BDST: 1345 HRS, MAY 21, 2020

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