Cyclone Amphan becomes weak, leaves trail of destruction
Published : Thursday, 21 May, 2020 at 9:39 AM Count : 440
Severe cyclonic storm Amphan has become weak after causing widespread damages and destruction throughout the country on Wednesday night.
The severe cyclone has also left minimum 10 people dead in different parts of the country.
Most of the deaths were due to the collapse of walls, drowning and falling of trees.
The severe cyclone was staying over the Rajshahi region in the morning. However, its wind speed has decreased. Its speed will decline further as it is moving north and northeast direction. As a result, unfavourable weather may persist throughout the day on Thursday.
The Met office says at 9:00pm that severe cyclonic storm Amphan to become weak and turn into depression in next three hours.
The cyclone is expected to become weak as it moves north and northeast, and recede to a tropical depression by Thursday afternoon, the Met office said.
In Bangladesh, officials confirmed ten deaths including a five-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man, both hit by falling trees, and a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned.
The Ministry of Disaster Management said hundreds of villages went under water because of tidal surge across the vast coastal region in Bangladesh. It said about a dozen flood protection embankments have been breached.
In southwestern districts, a ten-feet-high storm surge broke embankments and swamped farmland.
Over 10 lakh people in the coastal districts of Bangladesh are without power after strong winds snapped electricity lines and many houses destroyed, according to the reports sent by our correspondents.
Officials are particularly concerned about the damage to the Sunderbans, a UNESCO world heritage site famed for its mangrove forest and tiger population, which they said bore the brunt of the cyclone.