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Cyclone Sitrang: 7 killed and thousands evacuated as cyclone sitrang hits Bangladesh

Dhaka: As cyclone Sitrang battered parts of Bangladesh, at least seven people lost their lives, including three members of a family, in the collapse of a brick railing and trees, media reports said. Thousands of people and livestock have been evacuated from Cox's Bazar coast in Bangladesh and moved to the cyclone shelters on Monday due to the inclement weather triggered by cyclone Sitrang, reports said.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Dhaka: As cyclone Sitrang battered parts of Bangladesh, at least seven people lost their lives, including three members of a family, in the collapse of a brick railing and trees, media reports said. Thousands of people and livestock have been evacuated from Cox’s Bazar coast in Bangladesh and moved to the cyclone shelters on Monday due to the inclement weather triggered by cyclone Sitrang, reports said.

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Following the casualties, a surveillance cell was made functional by the Fire Service and Civil Defense. The incidents occurred in Dhaka, Nagalkot in Cumilla Daulatkhan and Charfesson in Bhola and Lohagara in Narail as the severe storm lashed Bangladesh with heavy rains and devastating wind, reported bdnews24.

Media reports said thousands of people and livestock were evacuated from the Cox’s Bazar coast in Bangladesh and moved to cyclone shelters on Monday due to inclement weather caused by cyclonic storm Sitarang.

At least 28,155 people and 2,736 cattle have been evacuated from Cox’s Bazar coast and shifted to the cyclone shelters till 6 pm on Monday while 576 shelters have been prepared as cyclone Sitrang is heading towards Bangladesh, reported Dhaka Tribune.

“Nearby educational institutions have also been kept ready to be used as shelters if needed,” said Mamunur Rashid, Deputy Commissioner, Cox’s Bazar. “People are being evacuated from shelters to protect life and property,” he said.

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The district administration has asked the people to contact the Central Council President, Upazila Nirbahi Adhikari or the control room of the District Commissioner’s office for any help.

To minimize the risk of damage, Rashid urged everyone to be aware and help everyone find safety. The Cox’s Bazar district administration made several preparations on Sunday to deal with Cyclone Sitarang.

At least 104 medical teams are also ready in case of any emergency. As per the Dhaka Tribune report, 323 tonnes of rice, more than Rs 8 lakh, 1,198 packages of dry food, 350 cartons of dry cakes and 400 cartons of digestive biscuits have been stored for the people affected by the cyclone.

The India Meteorological Department said that the cyclonic storm “Sitrang” has been declared as “Sea-Trang” in the northwest and moving north-northeastwards along the central Bay of Bengal with a speed of 28 kmph. has increased on Monday evening, the India Meteorological Department said.

“The cyclone is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinakona Island and sandwiched close to Barisal in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday,” the release said.

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