Bangladesh cyclone death toll reaches 2,217
www.chinaview.cn 2007-11-18 20:50:17   Print

A mother in a veil takes her injured daughter to a hospital in Barisal district town, south west of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, November 17, 2007. Military ships and helicopters were trying on Saturday to reach thousands of survivors of a super cyclone that killed more than 1,600 people and pummelled impoverished Bangladesh with mighty winds and waves.

A mother in a veil takes her injured daughter to a hospital in Barisal district town, southwest of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, Nov. 17, 2007. Military ships and helicopters were trying on Saturday to reach thousands of survivors of a super cyclone that killed more than 1,600 people and pummelled impoverished Bangladesh with mighty winds and waves. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    DHAKA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from Saturday night's powerful cyclone Sidr rose to 2,217 as rescuers frantically looked for thousands of missing people in the coastal districts of Bangladesh.

    The latest bulletin of the Food and Disaster Management Ministry Sunday evening put the death toll at 2,217.

    Rescuers and local journalists who visited the worst hit offshore islands feared the casualty figure will go up further as thousands of villagers, mostly fishermen, were still missing.

    Air force helicopters navy ships and coast guards are making desperate efforts to rescue people and deliver foods to the cyclone victims.

    Southwestern Mongla Navy Commander Rezaul Karim told Xinhua they rescued 110  fishermen floating from the sea Sunday,  three days after the cyclone. The fishermen saved their lives by holding plastic drums they used to carry drinking water.

    The storm damaged 968,000 houses. Besides, standing crops on some 518,481 acres (about 210,000 hectares) of land were completely or partially damaged during the catastrophic storm.

    Some 242,000 domestic animals and poultry birds were killed during the tempest, the sources said.

    Food and Disaster Management acting secretary Ayub Miah said Bangladesh's development partners assured the government of assistance in conducting a relief and rehabilitation program.

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF, the UK government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Islamic Relief-UK and Spain have pledged to provide over 30 million U.S. dollars.

    Meanwhile, World Food Program (WFP) would allocate 10,000 metric tons of rice and 200 tons of high protein biscuits.

More than 1100 people were killed, many missing and thousands injured in Bangladesh as a powerful cyclone lashed country's south and southwestern regions Thursday evening.

Graphic showing the path of Tropical Cyclone Sidr. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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Bangladesh Red Crescent Society appeals for $5.7 mln assistance for cyclone victims

    DHAKA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) Sunday said it has already appealed for 400 million taka (about 5.7 million U.S. dollars) in international assistance for the cyclone victims in the country.

    "Hopefully, proper response will be received about our appeal by two or three days," BDRCS chairman Prof M Abdur Rob was quoted by private news agency UNB as saying. Full story

Chinese president offers sympathies to Bangladesh over devastating cyclone

    BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao offered sympathies on Sunday to his Bangladesh counterpart Iajuddin Ahmed over the casualties and devastation caused by Cyclone Sidr in the South Asian country.

    In a message sent to Iajuddin, Hu offered deep sympathies for the victims of the cyclone and expressed the belief that the Bangladesh people will overcome the difficulties and rebuild their homes soon. Full story

EC announces fast-track aid for cyclone victims in Bangladesh

More than 1100 people were killed, many missing and thousands injured in Bangladesh as a powerful cyclone lashed country's south and southwestern regions Thursday evening.

People take shelter at the Chila cyclone shelter in Khulna district, south of Dhaka. More than 1,100 people were killed, many missing and thousands injured in Bangladesh as a powerful cyclone lashed country's south and southwestern regions Thursday evening.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    BRUSSELS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission released here Friday 1.5 million euros (about 2.1 million U.S. dollars) in fast-track aid to help victims of Cyclone Sidr which struck Bangladesh Thursday evening.

    Louis Michel, the European Commissioner responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "This is a major tragedy with hundreds already known to have died and hundreds of thousands suffering from this disaster."  Full story 

Bangladeshi resident shocked at loss of lives by cyclone

    DHAKA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed has expressed on Friday that he was deeply shocked at the loss of lives and property caused by the severe cyclonic storm that swept over the country Thursday midnight.

    He also conveyed sympathy to the affected families. Full story   
More than 1100 people were killed, many missing and thousands injured in Bangladesh as a powerful cyclone lashed country's south and southwestern regions Thursday evening.

Families look at the devestation caused by the cyclone in the village Kanainagar, in Mongla in Khulna, some 320 kms south of the capital Dhaka.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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Backgrounder: Over 80 cyclones ravage Bangladesh in 131 years

    DHAKA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's coasts have been hit by over 80 cyclones in the past 131 years since 1876, killing about 2million people and making many more millions homeless, meteorologists said.

    On Nov. 1, 1876, the "Great Bakerganj Storm" hit southern Barisal region at a speed of 220 kmh, killing about 200,000 people. It was considered "a great human disaster" as the country's population was scanty compared with 140 million nowadays. Full story

Cyclone SIDR starts pounding on Bangladesh's coastline

    DHAKA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- A powerful cyclone with strong winds started pounding on Bangladesh's south and southwestern coast from Thursday evening.

    Officials engaged in evacuation from remote offshore islands said winds with a speed of 100 to 130 kph started lashing their areas ahead of impending attack by the super severe Cyclone "SIDR".  Full story

Editor: Du Guodong
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