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Trail of destruction in southern districts

Tropical cyclone Sidr caused havoc in the southern districts as it swept over the country after making landfall Thursday evening.

Hundreds of people were killed and many injured during the severe tropical cyclone that also damaged infrastructure and huge crops, report our correspondents in the districts.

Around 240 people were killed in Patuakhali alone, reported our correspondent in the district quoting district administration.

Communications between the districts were disrupted as roads and highways were strewn with uprooted roadside trees.

CHITTAGONG
Around 600 houses were damaged completely, leaving some 3,500 people homeless while crops on 750 hectares of land were damaged during the cyclone.

Power generation in the district failed while supply cables were damaged at places creating a serious power outage in the port city.

Power production was disrupted at Raozan power plant unit-2 and Shikalbaha thermal power plant. With the unit-1 having remained tripped for the last two weeks, no power was produced at the 420-MW power plant.

Only 30MW electricity could be produced at the Kaptai Hydro-electric project, said sources in Chittagong Power Development Board.

Power outage hampered production at some 350 garment factories in Nasirabad, Kalurghat, Sagarika and other industrial zones, said BGMEA First Vice-President MA Salam.

Production was also hampered at some 40 industrial units at Chittagong EPZ, said CEPZ General Manager Ataul Haq.

Around 15 fishing vessels went missing in the sea near Anowara upazila.

Activities at Chittagong Port resumed at 8:00am yesterday while flight operations at Shah Amanat International Airport also started at 2:00pm.

No losses of properties were reported from Cox's Bazar.

KHULNA
At least 11 people were killed while 50 were injured as the severe tropical cyclone hit Khulna city and all nine upazilas in the district, reports our correspondent.

District Relief Officer Md Moniruzzaman said the death toll may increase.

Over 200 cattle were also killed during the storm.

According to an unofficial estimate, more than 70 percent thatched and semi-pucca houses and 70-80 percent crops in the district were destroyed.

BAGERHAT
In Bagerhat, 44 people were killed and many others injured. A total of 40 medical teams are working in the district.

The cyclone damaged around 1.53 lakh houses in the district.

According to district administration sources, 76,000 people took shelter at 176 cyclone centres.

CHANDPUR
Two people died and two fishermen went missing as around 250 fishing trawlers capsized in the Meghna after the cyclone hit Chandpur.

Some 500 people were injured during the storm.

MADARIPUR
A total of 32 people died and many were injured in Madaripur district while more than 50 fishing trawlers went missing during the cyclone.

Around 10,000 hectares of cropland went under two-three feet water, completely damaging the crops.

SATKHIRA
Four people were reported killed in the storm but the exact figure of the injured could not be determined as of last evening.

According to an estimate, around 12,000 homesteads and 50 educational institutions were damaged in the severe cyclonic storm.

NARYANGANJ
Three people were killed and nine injured while five went missing in Narayanganj. Besides, crops and vegetable fields were heavily damaged.

MUNSHIGANJ
Three people died and many others were injured in the district. Hundreds of vehicles remained stuck on the Dhaka-Mawa highway as ferry communication was disrupted for 13 hours.

NOAKHALI
A child was killed in a house-roof collapse in the district. Besides, 22,850 hectares of cropland was inundated completely destroying the crops.

MANIKGANJ
No death was reported in the district as of filing of the report yesterday evening.

Deputy Director of Agricultural Extension Department Mokbul Hossain said crops of 14,648 hectares of land were damaged.

Unofficial sources said the cyclone damaged around 5,000 houses in the district.

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