Sitrang leaves traces of destruction in southern Bangladesh
Death toll reaches at least 21 dead, more than 10,000 homes damaged, crops on 6,000 hectares wasted
Power and telephone links were largely cut and coastal areas were left in darkness, officials said.
In another press conference at the Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon, Minister of State for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the cyclone had fractured the distribution network of electricity in the southern part.
“About 80 lakh people are still without power. We plan to restore the system and restore electricity supply to 70 percent of them soon,” he added.
Most deaths from falling trees
As of Tuesday evening, at least 21 people have been reported dead across the country after trees and walls collapsed on top of them. The boat’s capsizing and drowning during the disaster also contributed to the tally.
Deaths were reported from Bhola Sadar, Daulatkhan, Lalmohan and Char Fasson, Nangalkot of Cumilla, Tungipara of Gopalganj and Louhjongi of Munshiganj, Lohagara of Narail, Barguna Sadar, Subarnachar of Noakhali, Kasba of Brahmanbaria, Janjira of Shariatpur, Sirajganj and Patuakhali .
During the storm, police reported the death of a rickshaw puller after a wall collapsed at Hazaribagh in Dhaka. In Chattogram Sitakunda, the body of a child was found in tidal water, which police say was washed away by the tidal wave.
Eight trawler workers were reportedly killed after it overturned in the Bay of Bengal in the Mirsarai area of Chattogram during the cyclone. Around 10 p.m. on Monday, the trawler used for sand extraction overturned in the area of the Mirsarai Economic Zone.
Firefighters were carrying out the rescue operations, but none were found until Tuesday evening, when this report was being filed.
In Noakhali, the cyclone affected nearly 4 lakh people as low-lying coastal areas were inundated by the tidal surge. However, the water started to recede from Tuesday afternoon. Yet the power supply remained suspended as the mobile phone network was also compromised.
In Lakshmipur, Aman and winter vegetables have taken a beating. Power connections had yet to be restored in most areas as cell phone and internet services were also hampered.