At least 41 killed in cyclonic storm in Bangladesh
At least 41 people were killed in the cyclonic storm "Aila" which crossed southwestern Bangladesh's coastal area on Monday, local officials said on Tuesday.
Tabibur Rahman, chief of the control room in southwestern Satkhira district, told Xinhua over phone on Tuesday that they were informed that around 20 people were killed in the district on Monday due to the cyclonic storm, Xinhua reported.
The total death toll of the cyclone might be higher as more coastal districts were affected, but the casualties are not available yet.
However, spokesman of Bangladesh's Food and Disaster Management Ministry Golam Kibria said on Tuesday morning that the official death toll stood at 10 while 2 others were missing.
The cyclonic storm "Aila" formed in Bay of Bengal caused havoc in Bangladesh's coastal region on Monday leaving deaths and destructions and hundreds of thousands of people affected.
Thousands of thatched houses in Bangladesh's coastal area were washed away and hundreds of thousands of islanders marooned by 10- 13 feet (3-4 meters) high surge caused under the impact of the cyclone, officials said.
Besides, leading English-language newspaper The Daily Star on Tuesday said that over 500 people were reported missing, mostly fishermen who were yet to return from the sea.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday ordered the armed forces to start rescue and relief operation alongside the civil administration.
Food Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman Monday said 1.2 million taka ( about 17,143 U.S. dollars) cash and 1,000 tons of rice were allocated for the affected people. He said adequate relief materials are kept stock for the affected people.
On Nov. 15, 2007, a devastating cyclone Sidr battered Bangladesh 's southern and southwestern coastal areas leaving thousands of people dead or missing.