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Sixteen dead after cyclone batters Bangladesh, India

AFP | Patuakhai

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Millions of people in low-lying areas of Bangladesh and India yesterday surveyed the tangled wreckage left by a powerful cyclone that killed at least 16 people, destroyed thousands of homes, smashed seawalls and flooded cities.

Winds and torrential rain still hammered residents as they tried to salvage what remained of their belongings, a day after Cyclone Remal made landfall with fierce gales and crashing waves.

“At least 10 people were killed in the cyclone” in Bangladesh, the country’s state minister for disaster Mohibbur Rahman told reporters. Some drowned, while others were crushed when their houses collapsed.

In neighbouring India, “at least six people” died, said Sumit Gupta, a senior government official from West Bengal state, including three who were electrocuted and others who were hit by debris.

Villages had been swamped by storm surges, tin roofs ripped off, trees uprooted and powerlines cut, an AFP reporter in the affected area said.

“A total of 3.75 million people have been affected... 35,483 homes were destroyed by the cyclone, and another 115,992 homes were damaged”, Rahman said of the damage in Bangladesh alone.

The streets in the Bangladesh’s second largest city Chittagong were waist-deep in water after recording 240 millimetres (9.5 inches) of rain, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.

In the Indian city of Kolkata, residents sloshed through water up to their ankles.