July 10, 2020

Cyclone leaves four dead and thousands evacuated in Bangladesh and India

At least three people were killed in Bangladesh and one in western India on Sunday after the passage of tropical cyclone Bulbul, which also forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the border.

The spokesman for the Bangladesh Health Emergency Operations Center, Enayet Hussain, confirmed to Efe the death of three people in the districts of Khulna (west) and Patuakhali (south) and reported that another six people had to be hospitalized after being injured.

"So far we have received information on three deaths. They all died due to the fall of trees," Hussain said, adding that another woman "died by natural death in one of the shelters" authorized by the Government for evacuees.

The fall of trees due to high winds was also the cause of the death of a woman and the injuries suffered by two other people in the district of Parganas, in the Indian state of West Bengal, according to Efe sources confirmed by state police .

From the control room of that body, they also reported that during the weekend they coordinated the establishment of 69 shelter camps to accommodate almost 120,000 people from various districts of the state.

In Bangladesh, the number of evacuees exceeded 2.1 million, although some of them have already begun to return to their homes, according to the secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management, Shah Kamal.

"It is too early to say how much damage the storm caused. We have just started receiving information from different districts and, my impression is that some 4,000 houses were damaged."

According to the latest report from the Indian Meteorological Department, (IMD) "it is very likely that (the storm) will move east-northeast and weaken into a deep depression on the coast of Bangladesh."

The agency maintains active rain alerts both in the state of West Bengal, and in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, all bordering on Bangladesh.

He also warned that there will be sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour with gusts of 95 on the coast of Bangladesh and the north of the Bay of Bengal, so he advised fishermen in the area to leave their boats moored in port.

One of the most affected areas in Bangladesh was Dakop, in the Khulan district, where "the storm struck early and an old woman died in a remote place surrounded by rivers, when a tree fell on her house," according to the head of the Shafiqul Islam local police.

Islam said that in its area 1,753 houses had collapsed and more than 5,000 families suffered other damage from the storm, which lasted approximately 7 hours in that area.

Due to its geographical location, the Bay of Bengal is prone to cyclones, which usually occur mainly between April and May, and October and November.

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