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14 dead, 63 injured as cyclone ‘Fani’ hits Bangladesh

14 dead, 63 injured as cyclone ‘Fani’ hits Bangladesh: According to the media reports, at least 14 people were killed and 63 injured as cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ barrelled into Bangladesh on Friday night, a day after leaving a trail of destruction in eastern Indian coastlines.

However, Bangladesh Disaster Management Ministry officially confirmed four deaths, two in Barguna and one each in Bhola and Noakhali. Though this data is on the basis of “initial reports” from the three coastal districts and said it was yet to compile the details of the casualties and damages caused by the cyclone.

State minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman said, “The detailed information from all the affected districts is yet to reach us.”

According to the reports, 14 deaths were reported from eight districts, including Noakhali, Bhola, and Lakshmipur, which were among the places worst-hit by the cyclone. The dead also included a two-year-old boy and four women.

According to the reports, in Noakhali district, a minor has been killed and several others of the family injured when the house collapsed on them during the storm. Moreover, 30 villagers were also injured as the storm destroyed hundreds of houses in the two unions. Similarly, in Lakshmipur district a 70-year-old woman, Anwara Begum, was killed in house collapse due to the storm.

The severe cyclone, which entered Bangladesh through the southwestern region earlier this morning, also wounded several people.

Though the severe cyclone weakened strength while barrelling into Bangladesh overland, it still caused severe destruction. The deadly storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged more than 500 houses.

Bangladesh authorities said over 1.6 million people were shifted to safer places as about 36 villages were flooded after the storm surge breached embankments in the country’s coastal areas.

Disruption of electricity and internet connection have been reported from many areas of the country after the storm started. The rough weather conditions also compelled the authorities to cancel 12 flights

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified ‘Fani’ as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”. As per the IMD, Fani is also the first cyclonic storm of such severity to have formed in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood in 43 years.