Cyclone Yaas: 2 dead in Bangladesh

Bhola town flooded by the tide due to cyclone Yaas on May 25, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Low-lying areas of the coast were inundated by the tide caused by the cyclone

At least two deaths were reported on Wednesday as Cyclone Yaas triggered storms and flooding in coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Dozens of houses were damaged and low lying areas flooded, cutting off road communication in some areas.

In Bhola, a man was killed after being struck by a falling tree branch during a storm triggered by Yaas in Lalmohan upazila de Bhola on Tuesday.

The deceased has been identified as Abu Taher, 48, a local farmer. Bhola’s deputy commissioner, Md Tawfiq-E-Lahi Chowdhury, said Tk 20,000 had been provided to Taher’s family as assistance.

Bhola has been experiencing drizzle and strong wind since Wednesday morning. Cyclone Yaas made landfall in Odisha, India.

Meanwhile, four-year-old Jinia died this afternoon after drowning near her home in Morrelganj upazila de Bagerhat.

Morrelganj Upazila Nirbahi’s officer, Md Delwar Hossain, said the roads and drains of the Upazila had been flooded due to an unusual rise in the water level of the Panguchi River.

Jinia fell into the overflowing drain and drowned, he said.

Low flooded areas in Bagerhat, Khulna

At least 5,000 families in Sarankhola, Morrelganj and Mongla upazilas have been stranded as the water level in the rivers adjacent to these places has risen.

A Mongla embankment was damaged in three places due to excessive tidal pressure on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 500 families stranded in the villages of Kainmari, Sundartala, Kaltala, Jaymoni and Kaimari in southern India. upazila.

Many villages including Rayenda, Rajoir, Jilbunia, Chaal Rayenda, Tafalbari on the banks of the Baleshwar river in Sarankhola upazila district were also inundated by tidal waters.

Bagerhat deputy commissioner Mohammad Azizur Rahman confirmed the case.

He said all types of assistance, including dry food, have already been provided to affected people in the district.

Local officials from Upazila Nirbahi have been invited to visit the region to prepare a list of the victims, he added.


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In Khulna, the lowlands of Koyra, Dacope and Paikgachha upazilas were inundated by tidal waves triggered by Cyclone Yaas.

Residents of the upazilas have been experiencing light rain or drizzle since midday on Wednesday and the local administration has opened more than 1,000 cyclone shelters.

The local meeting office, meanwhile, recorded rainfall of 21mm over the past two days.

Lighter ships sink in rough seas

Twelve crew members were rescued after a lighter vessel capsized in the Bay of Bengal today in rough seas near Bhasanchar due to the impact of Cyclone Yaas.

Bangladesh Air Force Squadron Leader Saiful Alom in charge of rescue operations confirmed UNB of the development.

“Two rescue helicopters reached the place in a very short time from Patenga Air Base and rescued 12 crew members who were floating in the middle of the sea,” he said.

In Chittagong, the coastal areas of Patenga were submerged in tidal waters due to the impact of the cyclone. The water enters the locality through the embankment damaged by the strong waves, according to our correspondent.

50 houses destroyed in Jhenaidah

Three people were injured while around 50 houses were damaged in a storm in the village of Armukhi in Sadar upazila de Jhenaidah on Tuesday evening.

Kabir Hossain, president of Naldanga Union, said a two-kilometer stretch from Kutipara village to West Para was flattened during the storm which lasted around 15 to 20 seconds.

The lowlands of Burigoalini union in the Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira were flooded as a result of heavy downpours and the influx of water from the river.

About 15 areas, including Gabura, Koikhali, Munshiganj and Padmapukur in the Burigoalini region of upazila, were inundated Tuesday evening after the river’s water level rose three to four feet.

However, hardly anyone took refuge in the cyclone shelters until Wednesday morning despite repeated calls from the local administration.


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