26 killed, 60 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm

October 12, 2012BANGLADESH - At least 26 people were killed and an estimated 60 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh’s southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said. Police had feared at least 1,500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts after Wednesday midnight. At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least seven people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,000 houses were flattened. “More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm,” he told AFP, calling it one of the most powerful in decades. Many fishermen are expected to have taken shelter in other remote islands in the Bay of Bengal or in the neighbouring Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. In the past, many fishermen thought to be missing from storms returned home to coastal villages a week or two later. Four people were killed in Bhola, three each in Sandwip and Companyganj and two at Char Jabbar, police said. The police chief of Bhola district, Bashir Ahmed, told AFP he feared as many as more than 500 fishermen were thought missing from the country’s largest island and at least 500 mud and straw-built houses were levelled by the sudden storm but the figure was later revised downward. Bangladesh’s weather office forecast heavy rain in the coastal region and advised fishermen to take care near the shore, but there was no major storm warning. “We only got the warning signal number three. But the storm was so powerful, the weather office should have hoisted the signal number seven or eight,” said Ahmed, referring to the intensity of the storm on a scale of ten. “It caught the fishermen and coastal people by surprise. Till now we haven’t had any reports from the missing fishermen,’ he said, adding the authorities had sent relief to thousands of affected people. –TD
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4 Responses to 26 killed, 60 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm

  1. pagan66 says:

    Very strange weather here in Aus also – almost mid Spring but snowed an hour away from where I live in SA and also in the Eastern states.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/snow-falls-in-nsw-and-act/story-fnbzs1v0-1226494350357

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  2. tonic says:

    This country and it’s people seem to never get a break. Poverty, starvation, drought, and flooding. Brings a new meaning to resilance. God help them through this.

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  3. Atum says:

    In a study published today, October 12, 2012 in Science, scientists used radar data from the ESA’s ERS and Envisat missions to study an unusual uplift near the Uturuncu volcano, which had been dormant for 270 000 years. Authors of the study led by Yuri Fialko have detected ground deformation under way above a major subterranean magma body in the central Andes mountains. The deformation is attributed to a ballooning of a buoyant volume of molten rock at the top…

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  4. amyp says:

    Is it just me, or is anyone else on tragedy overload? I sit here looking at this story and have a hard time thinking beyond the fact this is a tragic story to consider the lives that must be changed forever from this event. Story after story of horror keep coming…. My tender heart is worn out and I can barely feel anything anymore. Abba Father, help me to feel compassion again.

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