10 killed, over 100 missing in Bangladesh storms

Dhaka, (Xinhua) Violent storms triggered by a depression have swept Bangladesh’s south and southeastern coastal belt, leaving at least 10 people dead and over 100 fishermen missing in the Bay of Bengal.

The storm struck the country’s southern districts of Barisal, Bhola, Barguna, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Bagerhat, Faridpur and Rangamati Monday night, triggering heavy rain, tornado and landslide and leaving 10 killed and over 150 injured.

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Several islands in these districts were inundated by tidal surge up to four feet (1.2 metre) high as the depression developed in the Bay of Bengal four days ago.

Hundreds of thatched houses were destroyed, crops were damaged and innumerable trees and electric poles were uprooted during the nature’s scourge, one in a series this calamitous season. House collapses, landslides and crashing trees caused the casualties.

Telephone lines and power supply were snapped in most of the affected districts aggravating the misery of the people and making it difficult for the local administration to conduct rescue and relief operations in remote villages and islands.

Besides, over 100 fishermen with 18 trawlers went missing in the Bay of Bengal amid the inclement weather Monday afternoon, coastguard officials in southern Bagerhat district said.

The government has banned movement of ferry services in 108 river routes. All river vessels were advised to stay in safe places until further notice.

It said squally weather may continue to affect the country’s ports at Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla.