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Cyclone Kills 27, Injures 100 in Bangladesh
In 7 Upazilas of Noakhali, Bhola, Chittagong Districts
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
Cyclone kills 27, injures 100 in Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Blangladesh — At least 27 people were killed and 100 injured in a cyclone that swept seven upazilas of Noakhali, Bhola and Chittagong districts of Bangladesh on Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2012) night and early Thursday.

Besides, over 1,500 fishermen went missing along with about 50 trawlers in Meghna River. Local administration said 13 people were killed in Hatia, Subarnachar and Companiganj upazilas of Noakhali, five in Monpura, Char Fashion and other areas of Bhola, two in Sandwip and one in Mirsarai upazilas of Chittagong.

In Noakhali, at least 13 people were killed and about 25,000 houses destroyed in the cyclone at Hatia, Subarnachar and Companiganj upazilas on Wednesday night.

Of the deceased, 10 were identified as Sima Aktar, 12, Mamun Uddin, 8, Rajeshwi Bala Das, 45, Baja Lal, 55, of Hatia upazila, Nurjahan, 55, Sharmin Aktar, 10, Amir Hossain, 37, Babul Mia, 20, Nur Islam, 45, and Riaz, 24. Local administration said details regarding the destruction could not be known as the towers of mobile phone companies collapsed in the area.

Burirchang UP Chairman Zia Ali Mobarak Kollol said about 30 to 40 fishing trawler went missing with 10 to 12 fishermen in each trawler.

UNO Mahidur Rahman told banglanews over 2,000 houses were destroyed in Hatia and Subarnachar upazilas.

Local administration said details regarding the destruction could not be known as the towers of mobile-phone companies collapsed in the area.

In Bhola, at least five people were killed at Monpura and Char Fashion upazilas on early Thursday. Of the deceased, three were identified as fishermen Shahe Alam, 30, Abdul Khalek, 35, of Monpura upazila and Amena Begum, 32, of Char Fashion upazila. Besides, eight others went missing in the areas, locals said.

Officer-in-Chrage of Monpura Thana Naresh Karmakar and Char Fashion Dhalchar UP chairman Kalam Patwari said the cyclone hit Monpura and Char Fashion upazilas around 1:30 a.m., destroying 800 houses.

On the other hand, a truck and fertilizer-laden trawler drowned in Monpura-Tajmuddin route.

In Chittagong, three people were killed at Sandwip and Mirsarai upazilas. The deceased were identified as Khodeza Begum, 65, Anwara Begum, 30, and Shamsul Alam Chuttu Mia, 60.

Confirming the matter, Mirsarai municipality commissioner Razu Ahmed said hundreds of houses damaged in Durgapur, Jorargan and Dhum unions.

In Laxmipur, 50 fishermen and 20 trawlers went missing in Ramgati upazila of during the cyclone on Wednesday night. Chargazi UP Chairman Mir Hossain Bacchu confirmed the matter to banglanews. In Feni, hundreds of trees uprooted and fell on the living houses during the cyclone around 5am Thursday.

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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He eanred his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic rexperience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."






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