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Officials said Cyclone Sitrang made landfall on the southern coast of Bangladesh, disrupting communications and power supplies.

At least nine people have died after Cyclone Sitrang made landfall on Bangladesh’s southern coast, destroying communications systems, electrical links and destroying homes, officials said.

Jebun Nahar, a government official, told AFP news agency: “Nine people have died, mostly from fallen trees, including three from a family in (eastern district) Cumilla,” said Jebun Nahar, an official. government official, told AFP news agency.

The storm – the equivalent of a hurricane in the Atlantic or a hurricane in the western Pacific – made landfall in southern Bangladesh late Monday but authorities had brought about a million people to safety before the storm could be reached. weather system monster attack.

The storm hit from the Bay of Bengal early Monday morning with winds of up to 88km/h (55mph) and a high tide of about 3 meters (10ft) flooding low-lying coastal areas.

Officials said electrical and telephone links had been largely cut and coastal areas were in darkness.

Mizanur Rahman, a resident of Bhola district, told Reuters after communications were restored in his vicinity.

“We’ve had a sleepless night, all we can do is pray.”

People evacuated from low-lying areas such as remote islands and riverbanks have been moved to thousands of multi-storey storm shelters, Kamrul Ahsan, secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management, told AFP.

“They spent the night in tornado shelters,” he said.

Heavy rain has pelted down much of the country, flooding cities such as the capital Dhaka, Khulna and Barisal – which saw 324 millimeters (13 inches) of rain on Monday.

People ride rickshaws and motorbikes on flooded streets, amid continuous rain before Cyclone Sitrang makes landfall in the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 24, 2022
People ride rickshaws and motorbikes on flooded streets, amid continuous rain before Cyclone Sitrang makes landfall in the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on October 24, 2022 [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

No major damage has been reported in refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, where more than a million ethnic Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar are living in crowded shelters.

About 33,000 Rohingya refugees From Myanmar, which has been relocated from the mainland to a storm-hit island in the Bay of Bengal, has been ordered to stay indoors and there have been no reports of casualties or damage, officials said. .

In the neighboring eastern Indian state of West Bengal, thousands of people were evacuated on Monday to more than 100 relief centers, but there were no reports of damage and people would return home, officials said. home on Tuesday.

People wade through a flooded street amid continuous rain before Cyclone Sitrang makes landfall in the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 24, 2022
People wade through a flooded street amid continuous rain before Cyclone Sitrang makes landfall in the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on October 24, 2022 [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Cyclone Amphan, the second “super cyclone” ever recorded over the Bay of Bengal, struck in 2020, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh and India, and affecting millions.

In recent years, better forecasting and more effective evacuation planning have significantly reduced the death toll from such storms. The worst on record, in 1970, killed hundreds of thousands of people.

South Asia has experienced increasing extreme weather In recent years cause widespread damage. According to environmentalists, tornadoes, while frequent, are becoming more intense and frequent due to climate change.

ActionAid group Bangladesh’s country manager Farah Kabir said 2022 has seen climate emergencies such as floods and droughts “on a scale never before seen”.

“The climate crisis is intensifying, and in Bangladesh we feel its ferocity,” he said.

“When extreme weather events like Cyclone Sitrang strike, communities are devastated. We urgently need access to funds that support communities living through the realities of the climate crisis. “

World Bank Institute study abroad 2015 It is estimated that about 3.5 million people in Bangladesh are at risk of river flooding each year.

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