According to accounts from the media, the devastating effects of Cyclone Sitrang, which struck sections of the highly populated nation of Bangladesh late on Monday, resulted in the deaths of at least seven individuals. According to the disaster ministry control room spokesperson Nikhil Sarker, the deaths were reported from the districts of Barguna, Narail, and Sirajganj, as well as the island district of Bhola. This information was reported by the news agency AFP.
On Monday, as a result of the severe weather that was brought on by Cyclone Sitrang, thousands of residents and their animals were evacuated from the coast of Cox’s Bazar and sent to safety in the cyclone shelters. At approximately nine o’clock in the evening, the storm made landfall along the coast between Chittagong and Barisal (8:30 pm IST).
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Mamunur Rashid, who was quoted by ANI, he stated that nearby educational institutions have also been kept ready to be used as shelters if the need arises. “The process of evacuating people to shelters is currently under way,” he continued, “to preserve both lives and property.”
People were asked to get in touch with the Union Parishad Chairman, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer, or the control room of the district commissioner’s office if they needed any assistance after the Bangladeshi Fire Service and Civil Defence made a monitoring cell operational in the country.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Sitrang has transitioned into a Deep Depression and was centered over Bangladesh at 2.30pm IST on Sunday. The storm was located about 90 kilometers northeast of Dhaka and 60 kilometers north-northwest of Agartala (IMD).
The Meteorological Department predicted that the storm will likely transform into a depression within the next three hours and then further into a well-marked low pressure region within the next six hours after that.
It was anticipated that the newly formed silt island of Bhashan Char, which has been used by Bangladesh to relocate Rohingya refugees, would be subjected to intense precipitation and blustery winds.
As a precautionary measure, several thousand people were moved out of low-lying areas in West Bengal, and more than one hundred relief centers were opened. This was done since it is anticipated that Cyclone Sitrang will deliver severe rain to the neighboring Indian states.
There is a chance of light to moderate rainfall in much of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, and Mizoram and Tripura today, along with the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated locations.
In at least four of Meghalaya’s districts that border Bangladesh — East and West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills — the administration has given orders to the authorities to close all educational institutions on Tuesday because of the cyclone. These districts include East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills.
It is recommended that fishermen wait until noon before venturing into the northern part of the Bay of Bengal, both along and off the shores of West Bengal and Bangladesh.
It is anticipated that areas of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, and South Assam would sustain damage to standing crops as a result of heavy rainfall and gusty winds. This may include both agricultural and horticulture crops.