At least 10 people have been killed after being crushed under uprooted trees and wreckage of houses in Barguna, Bhola and Patuakhali as wind speed rose with cyclone Mahasen bearing down on the coasts.
Five died in Barguna alone.
The district’s Betagi Police Station Officer-in-Charge Babul Akhter identified one of them as Syed Ali Khan, 75, of East Ranipur under the Upazila.
Bamna Police Station OC Monirul Islam said Joynagar’s Anwar Hossain, 42 and Laxmipura’s Mosarraf Hossain, 55, died after their thatched houses fell on them.
He said another woman, Aktar Nadira, died after she fell down while scurrying towards a cyclone shelter. ”Nadira was 25 years old and pregnant,” he added. He said she was also from Laxmipura.
Taltoli Police Station OC Mizanur Rahman said 60-year-old Chan Mia of Amkhola crushed under a tree.
A child also died from the panic of thunder bolts in the district, his family and police said. He was identified as 6-year old Abir Hossain from Bakultali under Kajirabad Union.
Meanwhile, cyclone Mahasen has weakened on impacting the Bangladesh coast and is breezing past the Chittagong Hill Tracts after causing heavy downpour in Sitakunda, Feni, Noakhali and Khagrhachharhi.
The danger level has been lowered to ‘3’ on a scale of 10 for the ports.
Low-lying regions of Barguna district town were struck by six to seven feet high tidal waves submerging many areas. Several trees have been broken and uprooted.
Bhola correspondent said Abul Kashem, 65, was killed after being crushed under a fallen tree in Lalmohon Upazila and Rafiqul Islam, 65 and ‘Parvez’, 6, died in Char Fassion as their houses collapsed burying them underneath.
A 10-year-old, ‘Nipa’, died at Char Fassion as a tree fell on her, one of rescuers. Md Alim told bdnews24.com.
The district’s relief and rehabilitation official Mohammad Wahed said Mohammad Abul Kashem died in Lalmohan’s Dholigouronagar at around 8am on Thursday.
Mohammad Shahabuddin, Deputy Director for Red Crescent’s Cyclone Preparedness Programme, confirmed the death of a child Parvez in Char Fashion’s Char Madrasa. He is the son of local Mohammad Alamgir.
Deputy Commissioner for Bhola, Khandaker Mostafizur Rahman said Rafiqul Islam died under the wreckage of his hut in Char Fashion’s Dholchar.
Medium rainfall has been continuing in Bhola along with gusty winds since Thursday morning.
The water level at Tetulia River adjacent to Bhola has risen above normal. The area beyond the districts dam was under three to four feet of water.
Deputy Commissioner Khandaker Mostafizur Rahman said, 13,000 people who were living in estuaries, islands and vulnerable coastal region were moved to safety on Wednesday.
Those who are at the shelters are being provided food and other necessities from the district administration.
Patuakhali correspondent said Rizia Parvin, 45 was killed after a tree fell on her in Golachipa Municipality.
Golachipa Upazila Executive Officer Mohammad Liakat Ali said Golachipa, Rangabali and Dosmina Upazilas were mostly harmed in the cyclone.
More than 200 people were said to be injured.
Doshmina Upazila Executive Officer Tofael Ahmed said almost 800 huts have been destroyed in his area alone.
Altogether, 2000 houses were destroyed by the cyclone from 6am to 7:30am in the district on Thursday.