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Cyclone Bulbul: Eight dead, two million evacuated in Bangladesh and India

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 10, 2019
Cyclone Bulbul in in Bangladesh and India
Weather   Cyclone Bulbul in Bangladesh and India

Eight people have died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday.

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The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour when it hit late Saturday, closing ports and airports in both countries.

Three people were killed in India's West Bengal state, two after uprooted trees fell on their homes and another after being struck by the falling branches of a tree in Kolkata. A fourth person died in a wall collapse in nearby Odisha state.

In Bangladesh, four more were killed by falling trees and at least 20 people were injured. The cyclone also damaged some 4,000 mostly mud and tin-built houses, Bangladesh's disaster management secretary Shah Kamal told AFP.

In coastal Khulna, the worst-hit district in Bangladesh, trees swayed violently and were ripped from the ground in the fierce storms, blocking roads and hampering access to the area.

Some low-lying parts of the district had flooded, disaster management minister Enamur Rahman told AFP.

Authorities said the cyclone was weakening as it moved inland.


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