Cyclone Mora: Indian Navy rescues 33 Bangladeshi nationals

RSTV Bureau

mora1The Indian Navy has rescued 33 people in a major operation in Bangladesh which has been coping with the death and destruction caused by Cyclone Mora. The cyclone which made landfall on Tuesday killed nine peopke and rendered millions of people homeless.

Indian Navy ship Sumitra rescued 33 people who were found adrift at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladeshi city of Chittagong.

“INS Sumitra operating in the Northern Bay of Bengal rescued 27 survivors found adrift at sea approximately 100 miles south of Chittagong. These include ladies, children and elderly people,” Indian Navy Spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said.

He also said, “Search and rescue for more survivors is drastically hampered due to prevailing rough weather in the area.”

The Eastern Naval Command has also deployed P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operation in Bangladesh.

The cyclone damaged several houses, as the authorities scrambled to evacuate over half a million people from the coastal areas.

All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong and the Cox’s Bazar airports due to the Cyclone.

At least 2.5 million people in 10 districts risk falling in the way of the severe cyclonic storm. The districts at risk were Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal and Pirojpur.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh Meteorological Department had said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ was moving northward over North Bay and was set to go up further North.

(With inputs from PTI)