Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rights group sues US government over ‘deportation mill’

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Asia-pacific

India, Bangladesh launch relief efforts after deadly cyclone

Latest update : 2009-05-26

Bangladesh and India launched large-scale relief operations after a cyclone spawned a a four-metre surge that devastated the northern Bay of Bengal on Monday, killing at least 126 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

AFP - Bangladesh and India launched major relief operations Tuesday after a cyclone tore into the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, killing at least 126 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
   
Many of the casualties in Bangladesh were children who drowned when Cyclone Aila triggered a four-metre (13-foot) surge as it made landfall Monday.
   
About 430,000 people were marooned, and military and civil defence teams were struggling to deliver food, water and emergency shelters, government officials in Dhaka told AFP.
   
Bangladesh's disaster management minister Abdur Razzak said people on remote islands had been worst affected and could not be reached because of rough seas.
   
"Army helicopters are being deployed to carry food and other supplies until the seas calm. But they could not land in some of the islands because of bad weather," he said.
   
The minister said 91 people in Bangladesh were confirmed dead, including 23 from one village that was swept out to sea after a dam burst.
   
"Tidal water has started receding. But there is a huge crisis of drinking water in the remotest areas. We have ordered army to set up some 278 water purification plants there," he added.
   
Dalil Uddin, a spokesman of the disaster control room, said several hundred people had been injured as the storm tore over an area where about three million people live, damaging or destroying 180,000 mud and bamboo homes.
   
"Hundreds of kilometres (miles) of roads and embankments have been wiped out," he said.
   
At least 35 people were also killed in India's West Bengal when the cyclone hit the crowded state capital of Kolkata, bringing down trees and electricity pylons and smashing cars, the state's relief minister Mortaza Hossain said.
   
"The cyclone left a trail of destruction everywhere. Army and border guards have been called out to clear the debris and to reach out to the affected areas with relief," he said.
   
Several people were killed in vehicle accidents involving fallen trees, he said.
   
Tens of thousands of people across the region also lost their homes and livelihoods with scores of shrimp farms destroyed and herds of goats and cows washed away.
   
"The situation is very grim. These people are homeless. Their homes have been destroyed," area chief Kazi Atiur Rahman told AFP via telephone from the Bangladeshi coastal district of Khulna, close to the border with India.
   
"We've lost at least 50,000 bamboo and mud-built houses which have been washed away."
   
Rahman said the surge of sea water meant demand for fresh drinking supplies was urgent. Dozens of people were still missing in the district.
   
In neighbouring Koyra, 20,000 houses were destroyed by the surge and strong winds of up to 90 kilometres (56 miles) an hour, local official Arif Pasha said.
   
The low-lying region frequently experiences tropical storms and cyclones during the monsoon season.
   
In 2007, more than 3,500 people were killed, most of them in Bangladesh, when Cyclone Sidr hit the same districts.
   
 

Date created : 2009-05-26

COMMENT(S)