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Twelve killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh

Dhaka: Cyclone Amphan has killed at the very least 12 folks in seven coastal districts of Bangladesh earlier than turning right into a land despair, authorities mentioned on Thursday.

The cyclone is prone to transfer additional in a north-northeasterly route and weaken regularly, bdnews24 quoted the Bangladesh Meteorological Division as saying in its newest replace.

Patuakhali, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Bhola and Barguna are among the many seven districts the place casualties had been reported.

In Barguna, a 60-year-old man died by drowning, in Satkhira, a 40-year-old girl died after being hit by a falling tree department, in Pirojpur a 60-year-old man died after a wall collapsed on him, authorities had been quoted as saying by the report.

In Bhola, two individuals had been killed throughout the stormy climate attributable to the cyclonic storm. In Patuakhali, a six-year-old boy died after being hit by a falling tree department.

In the meantime, the physique of Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) chief Shah Alam was recovered 9 hours after he went lacking following the capsizing of a ship in a canal in Kalapara upazila, Kalapara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Hasnat mentioned.

A ship carrying CPP volunteers, together with Alam, sank within the Hafez Pedar canal on Wednesday morning after being hit by the storm, the report mentioned.

On Wednesday, the cyclone made landfall at 2.30 p.m. between Digha in West Bengal and and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, flattening fragile dwellings, uprooting bushes and electrical poles.

The Met Workplace instructed the maritime ports to decrease nice hazard alerts and hoist native cautionary sign No. Three as a substitute, mentioned Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director of the climate workplace.

On Wednesday, the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra had been suggested to maintain following nice hazard sign No. 10, whereas Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar ports had been suggested to proceed hoisting nice hazard sign No. 9, as Amphan approached the coast.

The low mendacity areas of the coastal districts and their offshore islands and chars had been inundated by storm surges of 10-15 ft above the conventional astronomical tide.

Cyclone ‘Amphan’, the strongest to hit the area in almost twenty years, made a landfall on Wednesday night. It was probably the most highly effective storm since cyclone ‘Sidr’ killed almost 3,500 folks in 2007.

(With Company Inputs)

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