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Storms kill 22 in Bangladesh

Publication Date : 12-10-2012


At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured in Bangladesh when powerful storms lashed several areas in Noakhali, Bhola, Chittagong and Feni districts early yesterday.

Of the victims, 12 died in Noakhali, six in Bhola and four others in Chittagong.

Officials in Dhaka Met Office told The Daily Star that they issued an alert on Tuesday of a seasonal depression located in the Bay of Bengal.

Gaining strength, the depression became a storm and hit different coastal islands between 2:00am and 6:00am.

In Noakhali, a severe storm accompanied by gusty wind killed at least a dozen and damaged over 200 thatched cottages in Hatia, Subarnachar, Companiganj and Sadar upazilas (sub-districts).

Starting around 2:00am, the 20-minute squall destroyed mosques, educational institutions and thatched cottages.

Scores of trees along the roads in Subarnachar and Hatia were uprooted, snapping road communications.

Following the storm, electricity supply remained suspended in the district headquarters.

Locals informed the administration that several fishermen with their fishing trawlers remained missing.

In Bhola, a storm hit Charfession and Monpura upazilas, claiming at least six lives.

Charfession Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nur-E-Alam said it became difficult to reach the affected areas as many trees fell on the roads. “We are trying our best to manage the disaster with the help of local people.”

Wahidul Islam, UNO of Monpura upazila, said they were preparing lists of the missing people and damaged houses in the area.

In Chittagong, four people died as a storm swept across Sandwip and Mirsarai upazilas.

Of the two women victims, one died in a house collapse and the other was killed when a tree fell on her, said Maksudur Rahman Phul Miyan, UP chairman of Santospur.

The storm also killed 20 cattle and damaged over 2,000 houses and crops on 2,500 acres of land, said sources in upazila administrations.

In Feni, at least 17 people were injured when houses collapsed and trees fell on them during a storm in Sadar upazila, reports a correspondent.

Many trees along the Feni stretch of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway were uprooted.


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