Cyclone Amphan damage worth Tk 1,100 cr and killed 20
The most powerful Cyclone Amphan to hit Bangladesh and India has claimed at least 20 lives and caused extensive damage to properties amounting to around Tk1,100 crore after it ripped through coastal districts with strong winds, heavy rain and tidal surges on Wednesday afternoon.
The cyclone hit the Satkhira, Bagerhat and Patuakhali hardest among the 26 affected districts.
On Wednesday evening, after making landfall in India's West Bengal, Amphan entered the Bangladesh coast blowing away thatched houses and uprooting trees at the Sundarbans coastline of Bangladesh.
An emergency volunteer also drowned in a boat capsize while on duty.
In a virtual briefing, Dr Enamur Rahman, state minister for disaster management and Relief, said the damage was primarily estimated to the tune of Tk1,100 crore in 26 districts hit by the cyclone.
The cyclone damaged 1,100-kilometre roads, 200 bridges and culverts and 233 local government offices.
The water that broke through the embankments has affected 1,80,500 enclosures and hatcheries in the coastal regions. The loss will be approximately Tk325 crore.
According to the Ministry of Water Resources, 150 kilometres of embankments have been affected by the cyclone. The embankments have either partially or completely damaged in at least 84 places.
Amphan also damaged mango orchards causing losses worth approximately Tk150 crore.
The ministry figures report 10 deaths. But according to reports from our correspondents, the death toll is at least 20.
On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered her administration to help the affected people with relief and cash and rebuild their damaged houses.
Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office Md Tofazzal Hossain Mia said, "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is staying informed and updated round the clock."
"From this morning [Thursday], all the district and upazila officials have been instructed to work in coordination with all the ministries and agencies to monitor and take effective measures to repair the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan."
According to the met office, the powerful cyclone hit Satkhira with a wind speed of 152 km per hour. The wind speed in Patuakhali was 122 kmph, 83 kmph in Khulna, 85kmph in Mongla, 75kmp in Khepupara, 75kmph in Koira and 64kmph in Hatiya.
Earlier, it was forecast to hit the Bangladesh coast with a wind of 240 kmph, making it the most powerful storm in decades. But it lost strength as it approached the coast and destroyed the 24 Parganas of West Bengal.
Winds became stormy in Hatiya around 4pm on Wednesday and then the cyclone veered towards Satkhira and hit the coast.
The worst damage by Amphan was from the tidal surge.
But the storm weakened considerably by Thursday morning. Both the wind and rain have mostly died down.
After lashing Satkhira, Khulna, Jhenaidah and adjoining areas, it moved towards Magura, Gopalganj, Rajbari, Sirajganj and Jamalpur in the early hours of Thursday.
According to the Water Development Board, the tidal surge began at 3pm along the coastal region of the country. At the same time, as it was also the new moon, the tide was high. These two natural phenomena led to the tidal surge reaching 12 feet in height.
Around one crore people in the south-western and north-western regions of Bangladesh have been left without any power supply as the power lines and poles have been knocked down in these areas.
The power went off on Wednesday afternoon when the cyclone hit the coastline of the Sundarbans. Mobile phone networks are also out of service in some of the worst hit areas.
The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators Bangladesh (AMTAB) says 50 to 60 percent of mobile towers in Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram, Sylhet, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rangpur, and Rajshahi have been badly affected.
Mobile operators said the network towers still working are also in danger of facing power failure due to lack of electricity.
Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, the largest distribution company in the country, says power lines were knocked down in 25,000 spots in the areas and around 300 pillars have toppled over.
On the other hand, West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited, the company responsible to supply electricity in Barishal, Khulna and some parts of Dhaka, claims that around 781 electric poles have been knocked over and 1716 have leaned over from the wind force.
Meanwhile, 790 kilometres of distribution line and 114 transformers worth Tk10 crore, according to initial estimates, have also been damaged during the cyclone.
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