According to the government, 908 people were killed and 76 went missing in Cyclone Sidr
Eleven years have passed since Cyclone Sidr, but the survivors of Bagerhat’s Sharankhola upazila still recall the nightmare that claimed hundreds lives.
Cattle were killed, and crops and houses were destroyed in that cyclone on November 15, 2007.
Those who lost their loved ones are still bemoaning their tragic deaths, reports the UNB.
During a recent visit to Bogi village in Sharankhola upazila–the worst affected area of the districtbythe cyclone –it was found that there are some makeshift houses on the banks of the Boleshwar river, where a few of the families are living.
In addition, a number of multi-story cyclone centres have been constructed in the area.
Alatunnesa, an elderly woman of Bogi village, said she lost her husband, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter in Sidr.
She said: "Chest-deep water came suddenly and washed them away while they were going to the cyclone shelter on the night of Sidr. I grabbed a tree tightly and survived."
According to the UNB report, Ruhul Amin said he had lost his father and two children on theday of the cyclone, and recovered the bodies of his relatives from different locations after Sidr.
Salma Begum, another resident of the village, said: "My husband went to the Sundarbans to catch fish. I was alone in my house with my two-year-old daughter Mitu and five-year-old son Naim.
"When the cyclone hit the area, I took my daughter on my lap and my son in one hand. But suddenly my daughter and son were washed away due the heavy pressure of water. I tried my best to save them but failed."
She said Naim's body was retrieved one day later from a nearby area, but Mitu's body was never found.
Deputy Commissioner Tapan Kumar Biswashsaid, according to government accounts, 908 people were killed and 76 went missing in the cyclone.
He said some 1,627 sq km were destroyed and65,000 houses were damaged by the cyclone.
Mohammad Sahadat Hossain, executive engineer of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Bagerhat, said 34 cyclone shelters have been constructed in different parts of Bagerhat,which are also used as schools.
He said: "Connecting roads were also built sopeople can reach the shelter centres quickly during anatural disaster."