At least 21 killed after Bangladesh cyclone
At least 21 people have been killed after a tropical cyclone over the Bay of Bengal made landfall on the Bangladeshi coast.
Most of the causalities reported were from the south-eastern district of Chittagong, where kilometres of coastal embankments were washed away after Cyclone Roanu hit on Saturday afternoon.
Twelve people were killed and four others went missing in Chittagong after the cyclone swept the coastal areas, Mesbah Uddind, chief administrator of the south-eastern district told reporters.
More than 50,000 homes were damaged while nearly 250,000 costal residents were marooned after a surge washed away more than 20 kilometres of embankments, he said, adding that cattle and crops in the area were also destroyed.
Gusts as strong as 62 to 88 kilometres per hour and heavy rain left a trail of destruction in coastal districts, uprooting many trees and damaging homes and businesses.
The storm weakened after making landfall, but heavy rains were expected to continue for several more hours, said Shamsuddin Ahmed, a senior official at the Dhaka meteorological office.