The death toll from Thursday night's powerful cyclone Sidr rose
to 2407 as rescuers frantically looking for thousands of missing
people in the coastal districts of Bangladesh.
A mother in a veil
takes her injured daughter to a hospital in Barisal district town,
south west of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, Nov. 17,
A bulletin of the Disaster Ministry put the death toll at 2407
till 12 noon Monday.
Rescuers and local journalists who visited the worst hit
offshore islands feared the casualty figure will go up further as
thousands of villagers, mostly fishermen, were still missing.
Air force helicopters navy ships and coast guards are making
desperate efforts to rescue people and reach foods to the cyclone
Southwestern Mongla Navy Commander Rezaul Karim told Xinhua they
rescued 110 floating fishermen from the sea Sunday after three days
of the cyclone. These fishermen saved their lives by holding
plastic drums they used to carry drinking water.
The storm damaged 968,000 houses either completely or partially.
Besides, standing crops on some 518,481 acres (about 210,000
hectares) of land were completely or partially damaged during the
Some 242,000 domestic animals and poultry birds were killed
during the tempest, the sources said.
Graphic showing the
path of Tropical Cyclone Sidr.
Food and Disaster Management acting secretary Ayub Miah said
Bangladesh's development partners assured the government of
assistance in conducting relief and rehabilitation program.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF, the UK
government, United States Agency for International Development
(USAID), Islamic Relief-UK and Spain have pledged to provide over
Meanwhile, World Food Program (WFP) would allocate 10,000 metric
tons of rice and 200 tons of high protein biscuits.
(Xinhua News Agency November 19, 2007)