Deadly Cyclone Remal Hits Bangladesh and India, Killing 65

Deadly Cyclone Remal Hits Bangladesh and India, Killing 65

Dhaka (AIA) A powerful cyclone that smashed into low-lying Bangladesh and India killed at least 65 people, according to state government officials on Wednesday.
Cyclone Remal, which made landfall on Sunday evening, brought fierce gales and crashing waves. The cyclone moved slowly inland, causing widespread flooding and triggering landslides.
Azizur Rahman, director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, described the cyclone as “one of the longest in the country’s history,” blaming climate change for the shift.
Bangladesh, which bore the brunt of the cyclone, reported at least 17 deaths, according to the disaster management office and police. Victims drowned, were killed by debris or falling trees, or were electrocuted by falling power lines.
In India, 47 people died, as per government and media reports, updating an earlier toll of 21 in the country. The majority were killed in northeastern Mizoram State, where 28 died.
That included 14 workers crushed in a quarry that collapsed Tuesday in the rainstorm, Mizoram’s government said in a statement.
10 people died in West Bengal state, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Additionally, at least 10 other people died in the states of Assam, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.
Cyclones hit Bangladesh and India every year, but the number of superstorms hitting the densely populated coast has increased sharply. Scientists attribute this rise to climate change. Despite the increased frequency and intensity of storms, better forecasting and more effective evacuation planning have significantly reduced death tolls.

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