Cyclone Sitrang kills at least nine in Bangladesh

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Cyclone Sitrang slammed into the coast of Bangladesh on Monday night with winds of speed 90 to 100 kilometres per hour, causing the deaths of at least nine people, and forcing the evacuation of around a million people from their homes.

AFP’s Jebun Nahar cited a government official as saying that nine people had died, “most by trees falling, including three from one family in (the eastern district of) Cumilla”.

According to Disaster Management Ministry Control Room Spokesperson Nikhil Sarker, the deaths occurred in the districts of Barguna, Narail, Sirajganj, and the island district of Bhola.

Disaster Management Ministry secretary Kamrul Ahsan stated that people were relocated from low-lying areas such as remote islands and river banks to thousands of multi-story cyclone shelters.

Thousands of people and cattle were also evacuated from the Cox’s Bazar coast on Monday due to the adverse weather caused by Cyclone Sitrang.

Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Mamunur Rashid while talking about shelter management, stated that nearby educational institutions are being kept ready to be used as shelters if required.

Mobile connections and internet services on coastlines were also disrupted during the cyclonic storm’s landfall. However, the network was later restored, whereas, the power supply is disrupted in the districts of Pirojpur and Madaripur.

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