At least 15 people have been killed when cyclone Roanu made a landfall at Bangladesh’s southern coast with stormy winds and incessant downpour triggering landslides, media reports said.
Tens of thousands have also fled to safe areas.
Heading east-northeastward with a wind speed of upto 88 kilometres per hour, the cyclone hit the Barisal- Chittagong region, impacting across the delta nation.
Under the peripheral impact of the cyclone, named Roanu, stormy winds flattened several hundred village huts in south western coastal Bhola leaving two dead and over 100 wounded indicating the cyclone was advancing with intensified wraths, officials said.
According to the report, a minor child and a woman in Bhola appeared to be the first victims of the cyclone, which continued to advance keeping an edge with the coastlines from the southwesterly direction towards the southwest, turning the sea very rough.
Six persons were killed in the cyclone in the upazila, police said. Of them, four were killed in Khankhanabad union and the fifth in Sonua union. Two persons were killed in a storm in Tajumaddin upazila of Bhola as cyclone Roanu is getting closer to the coastal areas.
In Patuakhali, over 300 families have been waterlogged as strong tidal waves caused the dam in Rangabali to break. Road communications have been disrupted after strong winds uprooted trees blocking highways, reports said.
The Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong have also suspended its flight operations due to the cyclone.
Heavy rainfall may occur at places over Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, according to a Met office bulletin issued in Dhaka. The Met office yesterday had issued a warning of 7 on a scale of 10 for three of the four main seaports.
A massive evacuation campaign in southern coastlines mobilising rescue teams have been launched. Thousands were moved to cyclone shelters already as they expected nearly 21,50,000 people in 13 most vulnerable coastal districts to be shifted to safety before the cyclone hit the coast with its full wrath.