Bangladesh: Cyclone death toll rises to 26

24th May 2020
Bangladesh: Cyclone death toll rises to 26

By SM Najmus Sakib

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA): The death toll from a large cyclone that hit Bangladesh earlier this week after starting in the Bay of Bengal has risen by 10 to 26, said officials on Saturday

Cyclone Amphan also resulted in seven people injured in the country’s nine coastal districts, Dr. Ayesha Akhter, assistant head of the Health Directorate, told Anadolu Agency.

After making landfall on Wednesday, there are also still two people missing, said local daily the Dhaka Tribune.

The cyclone also caused a loss of 11 billion taka ($130 million)and damaged 150 kilometers of flood control embankments, according to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry.

The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes.

But the death toll was far lower than the many thousands killed in previous cyclones — a result of improved weather forecasting and better response plans.

The severe storm also partially or completely damaged about 2,000 primary and secondary schools, reported the local Daily Star on Saturday.

Of the total, 1,500 were secondary schools, the report added, quoting officials at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education.

Md Belal Hossain from the directorate told Anadolu Agency that they are still collecting information on losses and damage but that necessary measures are underway to make repairs.

[Map of Bangaldesh By Road Rail Miljoshi/Creative Commons]

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