Cyclone Roanu causes havoc in coastal Bangladesh; 20 dead

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dhaka
  • Updated: May 22, 2016 00:50 IST
A cyclone battered the coast of Bangladesh on Saturday killing at least 20 people after lashing India’s east coast with heavy rain and wind. (Representative image)

A weakening cyclone that lashed southern coastal Bangladeshi districts left at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured after triggering strong winds and incessant rains.

Domestic flights from the main airport in Dhaka and goods handling at Chittagong seaport, which handles almost 80% export-import business of the country, were disrupted or suspended on account of bad weather in the wake of Cyclone Roanu .

Officials and thousands of volunteers were engaged to help people across the country’s vast coastal region.

The deaths occurred in four districts--Bhola, Cox’s Bazar, Patuakhali and Chittagong-- mostly due to collapse of homes, officials and local media said.

At least four people including a child were killed in Chittagong.

In impoverished coastal district of Bhola, three people died and more than 100 were injured after their poorly-built homes collapsed.

Local police chief Mohammed Alam said that at least four people were missing and hundreds of trees were uprooted in storms triggered by the cyclone.

In Cox’s Bazar, at least three people were killed, police said, as many people in the region ignored warnings to get to safety by going to government-built cyclone shelters or other buildings.

An elderly woman died in Patuakhali district after her tin-roof home collapsed while hundreds of other homes were damaged.

Authorities have issued alerts across coastal districts of Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Feni, Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands.

Cox’s Bazar district faced huge challenge as more than 100,000 islanders had to leave their inundated homes on the Moheshkhali island, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Mohammed Ali Hossain told a news conference.

“They are suffering a lot but it is good that no casualties have been reported from Moheshkhali,” he said.

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