• Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020
  • Last Update : 12:17 pm

Cyclone Amphan: 7 killed as storm hits Bangladesh

Many low-lying areas were inundated, embankments collapsed, trees uprooted and houses were reportedly damaged by the cyclone in the coastal districts of Bangladesh

At least seven people were killed as severe cyclonic storm Amphan made landfall along the coastline of India and Bangladesh on Wednesday.

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

In Barguna, Md Shahid, 60, died by drowning near his residence in Parirkhan Bazar of Sadar upazila, confirmed Barguna Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah.

In Satkhira, a 40-year-old woman named Karimunnessa, died after being hit by a falling tree branch while she was out collecting mangoes during a storm in Kamarnagar of Sadar upazila, confirmed Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Asaduzzaman.

In Pirojpur, Shahjahan Molla, 60, a resident of Mathbaria upazila, died after a wall collapsed on him during the storm, confirmed Mathbaria police station OC Md Masuduzzaman.

In Bhola, two people were killed during the stormy weather caused by the cyclonic storm.

The 70-year-old victim Siddique Fakir died after a tree fell on him while he was on his motorcycle in Char Fashion upazila, said Dakkhin Aicha police station OC Harunur Rashid.

The other deceased Rafiqul Islam died after a trawler carrying him capsized near Ilisha Rajapur Ghat in Sadar upazila, confirmed Sadar police station OC Md Enayet Hossain.

In Patuakhali, a six-year-old boy Md Rashed, died hit by a falling tree branch in Galachipa upazila. The incident occurred Wednesday evening, confirmed Golachipa police station OC Md Monirul Islam.

Meanwhile, the body of Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) leader Shah Alam, 40, was recovered nine hours after he went missing following the capsizing of a boat in a canal in Kalapara upazila, confirmed Kalapara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Hasnat.

A boat carrying CPP volunteers, including Shah Alam, sank in the Hafez Pedar canal around 8:30am after being hit by the storm, he said.

On information, a team of divers from a local fire service station rushed to the spot and started rescue operation and recovered the body around 6pm, he added.

Besides, at least 17 villages of Kalapara, Galachipa, and Rangabali upazila of the district have been inundated as local embankments broke away in pre-Amphan cyclonic tidal surges.

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

Sufficient amount of dry foods are available for evacuees at 752 shelter centres in the district. Civil Surgeon’s office has set up 325 medical teams to deal with any medical emergencies. All officials and employees of Payra port have taken shelters, while all port activities were suspended.

Also, district and upazila administration, local representatives, personnel of police, Bangladesh Coast Guard and Fire Service and Civil Defence, Ansar and VDP, are in standby to tackle any emergencies.

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