Severe cyclonic storm Bulbul has caused havoc in the coastal areas of India and Bangladesh. According to officials, the death toll in both countries has increased to 24 due to mishaps caused by strong winds and torrential rains. The storm hit Bangladesh’s coast at a speed of 120 km/h on Saturday night, as feared earlier.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conducted an aerial survey Monday morning to assess the devastation. The chief minister inspected the destruction of Bulbul in Namkhana, Bakkhali and other areas of the South 24 Parganas district and then held a meeting with administration officials in Kakdwip.
According to the official data, 12 people have died in Bangladesh in the impact of the storm, out of which 11 people have died due to falling of trees. As many as 12 people have died in West Bengal and Odisha of India. This, despite the fact that more than 1 lakh people in India had been evacuated to safer places in view of the approaching storm.
Due to the weakening of the storm now, people are returning to their homes.
In the meantime, coastal crops have also suffered extensive damage in Odisha.
Bulbul damages 2 lakh hectare of crops
In Bangladesh, district administrator Masood Alam Siddiqui said that five other people were currently missing after a fishing trawler drowned near Bhola, the southern island of Bangladesh. He said that the storm had damaged about 10,000 houses made of mud, tin and bamboo. Along with this, 2,00,000 hectare of crops have been damaged.
Secretary at Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Shah Kamal said that the storm had hit the coastal areas of that country. Most people have died due to house collapse or tree collapse. Six hundred houses have been partially or completely damaged by the storm.
Authorities have imposed a temporary ban on ferrying boats into the interior rivers and coastal waters. Traffic has been suspended at coastal airports for about 24 hours.