Dhaka – Hundreds of poorly built homes have been damaged as a powerful storm pounded the coastal district of Bangladesh on Tuesday, officials said.
The cyclone, Mora, with a wind speed of maximum 135 kilometers per hour, crossed the tourist district of Cox’s Bazar and the port city of Chittagong in the morning leaving a trail of destruction on its path.
No casualty was, however, reported in the initial hours of the cyclone’s landfall.
Shamsuddin Ahmed, director of the meteorological department in Dhaka, said that a stormy weather will persist in many part of the country for next 12 hours due to the influence of the cyclone.
The port city of Chittagong experienced the maximum gust of wind with 135 kilometers per hour when it hit the district at around 10 am. The cyclone started landfall at around 6 am in Saints Martin, where hundreds of homes were reportedly damaged.
Nur Ahammad, a local government official, reported more than 200 homes were damaged and many trees were uprooted. He said his home was partially damaged due to the storm.
Television footage showed that many island residents who were moved to safety in cyclone shelter centers started returning home after the wind speed receded.
The authorities have evacuated more than 300,000 people from different parts of the coastal and low-laying areas of the coastal districts by Monday night ahead of the cyclone.
The government ensured adequate supply of food for those were moved to 400 cyclone centers, Disaster management official Golam Mostafa said.
Department of Meteorology had already warned maritime ports of the cyclone. It also asked all fishing boats and trawlers in the Bay of Bengal to remain in shelter till further notice.
Flight operations at Chittagong Airport were suspended. The operation is likely to resume in the evening.
The tropical cyclone was formed in the Bay of Bengal from a depression on Sunday.
Medical units and volunteers were on alert in 19 coastal districts, said to Abu Syed Mohammad Hashim, an official at the Disaster Management Department.