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Bangladesh: Cyclone Roanu wrecks havoc; 24 killed and at least a 100 injured

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

About five lakh people were evacuated from Bangladesh's southern coast on 22 May where Cyclone Roanu wrecked havoc. According to a media report, at least 24 people were killed and 100 were left injured in the wake of the cyclone.

According to a report in PTI, the northwest Chittagong area was the worst hit. Nine people were killed in the port city alone, with the cyclone hitting at a speed of 80 kilometres per hour. The coastal districts of Bhola, Noakhali, and Cox's Bazar witnessed three deaths each.

A disaster management ministry spokesman informed that around 5,00,00 people have been evacuated while several hundred village huts were ripped apart under the peripheral impact of the cyclone, PTI reported.

PTI quoted a police officer stationed in the port city as saying, "The officer in charge of Banskhali (of Chittagong) police station reported that seven people were killed there alone...they were victims of drowning or landslides."

Over 300 villages in Patuakhali have been waterlogged, causing the dam in Rangabali to break. The Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong, suspended all of its flight operations due to Roanu.

According to a warning issued by the MET office in Dhaka, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, and Sylhet divisions may see very heavy rainfall.

--with inputs from PTI
First published: 22 May 2016, 10:46 IST