Thousands flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

RSTV Bureau
Cyclone Roanu

Cyclone Roanu

Cyclone Roanu has hit the Barisal- Chittagong region of Bangladesh shores on Saturday throwing tens of thousands of locals to safety shelters. Roanu triggered massive landslides while entering southern coast of Bangladesh killing five persons and injuring over 100 others.

At least five persons were reported killed and over 100 as cyclone started ravaging the southern coastline. The cyclone’s strong tidal waves broke Rangabali damn leaving 300 families waterlogged in the Patuakhali region.

Roanu has badly affected air and road traffic in the country after strong winds uprooted trees blocking highways. Government has suspended all flight operations at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong as a safety measure.

Bangladesh government had put precautionary measures after Met office issued a warning of 7 on a scale of 10 for three of the four main seaports on Friday. It has shifted more than 5000 people on the coastline to safer shelters on Friday.

“It is likely to move in east-northeasterly direction further and may cross Barisal-Chittagong coast by noon afternoon of 21st may 2016,” said Met officials.

Officials in the coastlines said the entire coastal region witnessed drizzles or light rains as the skyline remained gloomy since yesterday sending a signal for an impending danger.

“The people are exposed to danger, but most of them are unwilling to take refuge in shelters saying they were familiar with such warnings but the cyclones did not hit eventually,” he said.

Bangladesh has been vulnerable to cyclones because of its location.  The sea-level of its coastal line and high population density claimed 5, 00,000 lives in two deadliest cyclones occurred in 1970 and 1991.