Bangladesh Cyclone Field Report

    27/11/2007

    From our correspondent on the ground:

    More than 10,000 people feared killed and 8.87 lakhs injured, about 2.42 lakhs livestock deaths, 23,000 acres of crops destroyed (as of November 19th 2007) as the savage storm battered the coastal areas of Bangladesh on Thursday, November 15th 2007 rendering millions of families homeless. According to the official source of the food and disaster ministry, the death toll and the homeless’ are mounting as more information is being received from the affected areas. Thousands of children have lost their parents and passing their days under the open sky with no food, no parents, no shelter or many not even having any relatives. Many corpses are found floating in the rivers. In many affected areas people buried the dead bodies without Shroud. Crisis of drinking water, inadequate relief, diarrhoea, hunger are spreading everywhere. Due to them having to stay out under the open sky, thousands of survivors are now begging for a glass of water, forgetting about the inadequate relief and shelter. 

    The devastating cyclone triggered more than 15-20 foot high tidal surge that inundated acres of land in coastal districts, snapping communication links, caused disruption at airports, forced Chittagong and Mongla ports to suspend their operation, while also cutting off roads and railway networks in the affected areas. Telecommunication and internet services across the country have almost foundered as the cyclone has caused disruption in international communication. The storm and tidal surge ravaged the paddy field and production areas. More than 1,000,000 houses completely destroyed and more than 5,000,000 houses destroyed partially. By early next day (Friday) the storm turned into a tropical storm and moved well inland north-east of Dhaka and the country experienced the worst ever power blackout following the country’s all power units resulting the collapse of the National Power Grid.