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Remal took away 16 lives of Bangladesh-India

Syed Azam

Many houses have collapsed in Patuakhali due to Cyclone Remal

At least 16 people have lost their lives in the coastal areas of Bangladesh and India due to the strong cyclone Remal. Due to strong winds and heavy rains, more than two crore people in the coastal areas of the two countries have lost power. Cyclone Remal has damaged many houses and roads; Fish cages and arable land have been submerged.

Cyclone Remal, the first cyclone in the Bay of Bengal during the current pre-monsoon season, hit several coastal districts of Bangladesh and the area adjacent to Sagar Island in India’s West Bengal on Sunday night. Such cyclones often hit the low-lying coastal areas of South Asian countries as the sea surface temperature rises due to climate change.

Meteorological officials said that Cyclone Remal crossed the area around the southern port of Mongla in Bangladesh and Sagar Island in India’s West Bengal late on Sunday night. However, the front of this storm started to hit around 9 pm. After weakening a bit, the cyclone is slowly crossing the coast of Bangladesh and West Bengal on Monday morning.

Reports of damage have started pouring in from coastal areas where power has been cut. Along with this, the death toll due to Cyclone Remal is also increasing in both the countries. Mizanur Rahman, head of Bangladesh’s disaster management department, told Reuters by telephone that at least 10 people have lost their lives in Bangladesh as a result of Cyclone Remal. However, he did not give any detailed information on this matter.

However, he said earlier that two people were killed while moving towards cyclone shelters. He said the authorities will need more time to know the full extent of the damage caused by the cyclone.

Mizanur Rahman said, “People usually don’t want to leave their livestock and houses and go to cyclone shelters. They wait until the very last moment; Which is too late in such situations.”

Meanwhile, at least four people were killed when power lines were downed by the storm in India’s West Bengal state. The local authorities said that the death toll in the province due to Cyclone Remal has reached 6. One person died after being crushed under concrete in the provincial capital of Kolkata. Besides, a woman was killed when a mud house collapsed in Mausuni Island near Sundarbans.

Officials of the Ministry of Electricity in Dhaka said that electricity supply has already been stopped in some coastal areas to avoid accidents. Many coastal towns are experiencing power outages due to downed trees and downed power lines.

Rahat Raja, a resident of the coastal district of Satkhira, said, “We have no electricity here since night.” My mobile battery will run out anytime. By God’s grace the cyclone was not as violent as we thought.

According to the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB), electricity supply to 2 crore 2.2 million customers has been cut off in various areas of the country’s coast due to the impact of Cyclone Remal. The company said that the electricity supply to these customers has been stopped to avoid damage during the rampage of Cyclone Remal. As a result, many areas remain without electricity for 16 to 17 hours. Rural power workers are waiting to restore power once the storm stops completely.

On the other hand, the West Bengal authorities said that 1,200 electricity poles were uprooted in different areas of West Bengal due to the impact of Remal. Besides, more than three hundred mud houses were destroyed in the storm. The tin and thatched roofs of many houses were also blown away due to strong winds. Due to rain and high tide, some embankments and coastal areas of Sundarbans have been damaged.

Millions of people were evacuated to around 8,000 cyclone shelters in the coastal areas of Bangladesh to protect people from the storm. More than 78,000 volunteers are working to reduce damage and warn people in coastal areas. Meanwhile, due to rain, waterlogging has occurred in many areas of the capital Dhaka. This has disrupted traffic in the capital.

“He has not seen such a long cyclone in decades,” Shah Alam, a boatman from Mongla, told Reuters. Storms usually last for a few hours. But this storm has been going on since last night. I don’t know when it will end.”

Heavy rains caused by the storm left many roads in Kolkata under water. Pictures aired on local television showed walls collapsing in different parts of the city. At least 52 trees were reported uprooted in Kolkata. Kolkata airport resumed operations on Monday after more than 50 flights were cancelled.

Authorities in Bangladesh and India say around 1 million people have been taken to shelters in both countries. Out of this, about 8 lakhs are in Bangladesh and about 2 lakhs in India. The storm is currently moving northeast. It is expected to gradually weaken into a deep depression by afternoon.

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