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Update: 3 killed, 50 missing as cyclone Akash makes landfall

From the Europe Media Monitor
St Martin's Island
: Charpara Road in the coastal Cox's Bazar town went under knee-deep water yesterday as tropical cyclone Akash triggered a tidal surge in the Bay. PHOTO: STAR

Three fishermen were killed in Saint Martin's Island while at least 50 others went missing in the bay as cyclone Akash crossed the coastal area yesterday morning and weakened into a land depression.

A tidal surge triggered by the cyclonic storm with winds up to 80 kph, swept through the coastal district of Cox's Bazar at about 9:00am yesterday, damaging some two thousand houses, sources at the district administration's control room said.

Quoting the island's union parishad chairman Firoz Ahmed, BSS reports that some 45 houses and 30 shops were flattened and around 200 trees were uprooted by the cyclone while a fishing boat capsized in the sea. Twenty fishing boats were rescued.

In Cox's Bazar, the storm and accompanying rain cut off power and uprooted trees, while the tidal surge swamped several roads, a disaster management official said. They also said that at least 10 boats with some 50 fishermen aboard are still missing, our correspondent there added. Satellite Image: Cyclone Akash on Monday May 14

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