Cyclone Bijli kills five in Bangladesh

April 19th, 2009 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, April 19 IANS) Five people were killed as Cyclone Bijli hit Bangladesh’s southern region, but there was no serious damage to the ports and other installations.
As the cyclone fizzled out, life began to return to normal in the coastal districts, the Chittagong and Mongla ports and Chittagong airport Friday evening, The Daily Star said Sunday.

Bijli hit Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar coast at around 7.30 p.m. Friday, weakened gradually with rainfall and fizzled out Saturday morning as it entered Rangamati in Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Five people were killed during the cyclone in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and Noakhali Friday night, while 12 people were injured.

Over 300,000 persons were evacuated during Friday-Saturday, media reports said.

Bangladesh is in the cyclone-prone region and has faced over 80 major cyclones that have been recorded.

The last major cyclone was in November 2007. Cyclone Sidr left over 50,000 dead, destroying crops and damaging ports.

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