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Tropical Cyclone “Sitrang” makes landfall in Bangladesh, damaging 10 000 homes and leaving at least 25 people dead

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Tropical Cyclone “Sitrang” made landfall along the Chittagong-Barisal coast around 15:00 UTC on October 24, 2022, with maximum sustained winds of 88 km/h (55 mph). Sitrang left a trail of destruction and, at least 25 people dead across 9 districts and about 10 million without power. About 1 000 000 people were evacuated ahead of the landfall.

According to State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman, Sitrang damaged about 10 000 homes in 419 unions.1

In addition, the cyclone destroyed more than 6 000 ha (15 000 acres) of crops, washed away thousands of fishing projects and left about 10 million people in 15 coastal districts without power.

Some 33 000 Rohingya refugees relocated to the newly formed silt island of Bhashan Char were advised to remain indoors.

Reports received on Tuesday, October 25 showed at least 25 people lost their lives across the country, mostly due to falling trees.

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Tropical Cyclone “Sitrang” on October 24, 2022. Credit: NASA/NOAA SUOMI NPP/VIRS, The Watchers

In Chattogram, bodies of eight workers who went missing on Monday night after a dredger sank in the Bay of Bengal, were recovered from the sea off the coast of Mirsarai.2

Government meteorologist Abul Kalam Mallick said some coastal towns received up to 295 mm (11.6 inches) of rainfall.

Dhaka, Khulna and Barisal recorded up to 324 mm (12.7 inches) of rainfall on October 24.

State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said some 8 million people remained without power on October 25, adding that 70% of the affected areas will be restored by Tuesday evening (LT) while the rest will get electricity by Wednesday afternoon.

Hamid said the power supply was disrupted mainly by the falling of trees on the transmission and distribution lines.

In neighboring West Bengal, India, authorities evacuated several thousand people.

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References:

1 4 lakhs coastal people took refuge at Ashrayan homes during Sitrang: PMO – United News Of Bangladesh – October 25, 2022

2 Cyclone Sitrang kills at least 25 across Bangladesh – United News Of Bangladesh – October 25, 2022

Featured image credit: Tropical Cyclone “Sitrang” on October 24, 2022. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS, The Watchers.

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