Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

CYCLONE MAHASEN

60,000 houses damaged

Locals on Friday morning clear a road in the southern district Bhola a day after Cyclone Mahasen left a trail of destruction in the country. Photo: Focus Bangla

Locals on Friday morning clear a road in the southern district of Bhola a day after Cyclone Mahasen left a trail of destruction in the country. Photo: Focus Bangla

In its slow-pace journey, Cyclone Mahasen on Thursday damaged 15,000 houses completely and 44,232 partially in 43 upazilas of eight districts.

The cyclone over which the nation was on high alert affected around 3.82 lakh people in the districts — Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Bhola and Barguna.

National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) on Friday revealed the data in its primary estimation a day after the landfall of Mahasen in the country.

Earlier, over a million people along the coastline from Patuakhali to Cox’s Bazar were evacuated. Thousands of people took shelter in cyclone centres, on high ground and in administrative buildings. Seaports and airports remained shut.

But thanks to its prolonged and slow advancement toward the Bangladesh coastline and resultant heavy precipitation overnight, the much-hyped cyclone Mahasen could not wreak that much havoc.

It fizzled out after passing through Feni-Sitakunda on Thursday afternoon.