by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;-
Thousands of residents in the southern Bangladeshi coastal districts have been marooned after vast area inundated by tidal surge influenced by a powerful cyclone that lashed mostly Indian state of Odisha and West Bengal.
The cyclone Yaas, formed in the Bay of Bengal, made the landfall in Odisha coast on Wednesday afternoon wracking havoc in the state as many homes were washed. Similar destructions were reported in the West Bengal. The storm will gradually turn into a land depression, according to the meteorologist in both India and Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, one person was killed in a remote village of coastal Bhola district after a tree fell on him as part of Bangladesh experienced stormy weather, Enamur Rahman, State Minister for Disaster Management said on Wednesday.
A vast low-laying area in the coastal districts and off-shore islands in the Bay of Bengal experienced tidal surge up to one meter causing damage to the crops and property, he said.
Bangladesh was less affected by the cyclone, he said adding the government had kept the state machineries ready to prevent loss of life and property.
The local government department will assess the damage caused by the tidal surge, the minister said.
Some 20,000 people were taken to cyclone shelters, according to the government estimates.
Reports reaching from southern districts say many parts of the districts experienced rise in water levels because of the influence of the cyclone.
Photographs show many areas in Barisal city corporation are inundated, residents are marooned in Hatiya island of Noakhali district.
Dhaka met office said southern districts of Bhola, Barishal, Khulna, Jhalkathi, Barguan, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chandpur and Chittagong may experience stormy weather because of the influence of the cyclone. The wind speed may be between 50 and 60 kilometers.
Low laying areas and coastal districts may also be inundated by maximum two meters of water above normal astronomical tide. Maritime ports were warned of the consequences of the cyclone, and all fishing boats were advised not to venture in the sea.