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Cyclone Bulbul kills 8 in Bangladesh

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Fallen trees block road after cyclone Bulbul in Mongla, Bagerhat on Sunday, November 10, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

At least 15 people were injured due to the storm

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has confirmed that eight people have been killed and at least 15 others injured due to the impact of cyclonic storm "Bulbul" in Bangladesh.

The confirmation was announced in a statement released on Sunday evening.

In Khulna, two people died in separate incidents after a tree fell over them during the storm in Dacope and Dighalia upazilas of the district. Two others were also injured.

The deceased are Pramila Mandal, 52, a resident of the Dacope upazila, and Alamgir Hossain, 30, of Dighalia upazila.

Alamgir died on Sunday morning when a tree fell on him, as he was clearing the debris from the storm on the grounds of his house, Senhati Union Parishad Secretary Pradip Kumar Biswas confirmed to Dhaka Tribune.

Earlier in the day, Pramila died under similar circumstances.

Sheikh Abdul Quader, duty officer of a cyclone control room of Dacope Upazila Parishad, told Dhaka Tribune that Pramila took refuge at a government shelter, South Dacope Cyclone Centre, on Saturday (November 9).

However, on Sunday morning she returned to her house, which was located near the shelter,  to assess the damages. She died there - around 9am - when a tree fell on her, he added.

According to Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) estimates, one individual was injured in Koyra upazila.

In Patuakhali, an elderly man died as his house collapsed due to the cyclonic storm around 3am in Madhabkhali area of Mirzaganj upazila. Two others were also injured.

The deceased is Hamid Fakir, 65, Mirzaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Sarwar Hossain told Dhaka Tribune.

Hamid was killed on the spot when a tree fell over his house, causing it to collapse.

In Bagerhat, a teenage girl named Samia Khatun, 15, died as her house collapsed during the cyclonic storm, when  a tree fell on it.

Bagerhat Deputy Commissioner Mamunur Rashid confirmed the news of the death to Dhaka Tribune.

Moreover, another woman, Hira Begum, 25, was killed during the storm in the district, a DGHS press release said.

In Bhola, eight people were injured in Lalmohan upazila, DGHS data stated.

In Barguna, a woman Halima Khatun, 70, died of cardiac arrest at a cyclone shelter and at least three people were injured due to the cyclonic storm in Sadar upazila of the district, DGHS Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room confirmed.

In Shariatpur, a man was killed while sleeping, after a tree fell over his house.

The incident took place at Dewjuri village under Naria upaliza around 2:30pm on Sunday.  

The deceased was Ali Baksh Sheikh, 65.

In Barisal, a woman was killed when a tree fell over her house.

The deceased was Ashalata Majumder, 60, wife of late Dinesh Majumder under Wazirpur upazila in Barisal.

Cyclone Bulbul weakens in Bangladesh

The cyclonic storm Bulbul over Khulna and adjoining northwestern parts of the country, has weakened further into a deep depression, and moved slowly northeastwards.

It was over Bagerhat, Barisal, and Patuakhali regions at 6am on Sunday, according to the Met office.

Bulbul is likely to move in a northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually by causing precipitation.

The powerful storm completed crossing West Bengal-Khulna coast near Sundarbans around 5am on Sunday.

At a special weather bulletin on Sunday morning, the Met office asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to lower great danger signal number 10, and Chittagong to lower great danger signal number nine. Instead, the ports are advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three.

Besides, maritime port of Cox's Bazar has been advised to lower local warning signal number four, and hoist local cautionary signal number three, the bulletin said.

Under the influence of the deep depression, the coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Faridpur, Madaripur, Comilla, Dhaka, Sylhet, and Mymensingh are likely to experience wind of 50-60kph in gusts with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the deep depression.