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Cyclone Sitrang kills 7 people as it hits Bangladesh, thousands have to evacuate


7 killed, thousands displaced as Cyclone Sitrang hits Bangladesh

Cyclone Sitrang: Thousands of people have been evacuated from the coast of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Dhaka:

Media said that when Cyclone Sitrang hit parts of Bangladesh on Monday, at least seven people were killed, including three members of a family, in the collapse of brick railings and trees. mortar, media reports said.

Tracking casualties, a watchdog of the Fire and Civil Defense Departments was brought in to function. Incidents occurred in Dhaka, Nagalkot in Cumilla Daulatkhan and Charfesson in Bhola and Lohagara in Narail as severe storm hit Bangladesh with heavy rain and terrible winds, bdnews24 reported.

Media reports say thousands of people and livestock were evacuated from the coast of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and moved to cyclone shelters on Monday due to severe weather caused by Cyclone Sitrang, press reports media said.

At least 28,155 people and 2,736 livestock were evacuated from the coast of Cox’s Bazar and moved to storm shelters until 6pm on Monday while 576 shelters were prepared as Cyclone Sitrang headed towards Bangladesh. , Dhaka Tribune reported.

Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Mamunur Rashid said, “Nearby educational facilities have also been prepared to be used as shelters if required.” He added: “The evacuation of people to temporary camps is underway to protect lives and property.

The district government has asked residents to contact Union President Parishad, Officer Upazila Nirbahi or the control room of the district commissioner’s office for help.

To minimize the risk of damage, Rashid urges everyone to stay aware and help people get to safety. In response to Cyclone Sitrang, the Cox’s Bazar county government on Sunday took several preparatory steps.

At least 104 medical teams are also ready to respond in case of an emergency. To provide relief in case of people affected by the storm, 323 tons of rice, over Tk 80,000, 1,198 packages of dry food, 350 boxes of dry cakes and 400 boxes of digestible biscuits have been stored for the people, the Dhaka Tribune news.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the cyclone “Sitrang” pronounced “Si-Trang” in the northwest and adjacent to the center of the Bay of Bengal was moving in a north-northe-east direction at a speed of 28 km/h. h during the past six hours on Monday night, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

“The storm is likely to continue moving north-northeast and is expected to cross the Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip near Barisal during Monday and Tuesday nights,” the statement added.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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