Cyclone kills 6, damages 60,000 homes in Bangladesh
May 31st, 2017 at 11:38 pm
Cyclone kills 6, damages 60,000 homes in Bangladesh

Dhaka – A powerful storm that battered the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh has killed six people and damaged thousands of homes, according to officials.

Five people died in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati when trees fell on them, local officials said after the cyclone Mora made landfall on Bangladesh coast.

Another person died after having a panic attack at a shelter in Cox’s Bazar, said Kazi Abdur Rahman, a senior official at the district administration.

Tropical cyclone, with wind speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour and heavy rains, made landfall at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, at the southernmost tip of Bangladesh, on Tuesday morning.

The government estimated nearly 60,000 thatched homes were damaged in the coastal districts. Crops on vast area were also damaged.

Authorities evacuated more than 450,000 coastal residents before the cyclone struck, according to the Disaster Management Department in Dhaka.

People from more than 3,000 cyclone shelters returned to their homes after the cyclone weakened and turned into a land depression in the afternoon, said Naznin Shamima, an officer in charge at the Disaster Management Department.

The government sent out relief materials among the affected people.