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Cyclone Sitrang Affects around 1150 People in Assam

More than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of crops were destroyed due to Sitrang

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INDIA: The intense cyclonic storm Sitrang weakened into a low pressure adversely affecting over 1000 people in 83 villages, and 24 people from Bangladesh lost their lives.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), nearly 1146 people have been affected by the pompous repercussions of Sitrang.

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Moreover, the districts of Barguna, Narail, Sirajganj and the island district of Bhol, especially the densely-populated, low-lying areas reported more casualties.

The range of rainfall increased in the states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. As per, The India Meteorological Department, winds with speeds reaching 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph along and off the coast of West Bengal.

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Sitrang, which crossed the Bangladesh coast near Barisal around 9.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Monday, resulted caused moderate to heavy rain in West Bengal’s coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore, creating huge turbulence in the festive spirits on Diwali and Kali Puja.

According to government data, 10,000 households of Kalibor, Bamuni, Sakmuthia tea estate and Boraligaon areas of central Assam were damaged and more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of crops were destroyed. More than a thousand fishing projects were also washed away.

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Other infrastructure damages like road breakage causing path holes, uprooting trees and disrupting road communication and power supplies have also caused inconvenience to normal lives.

As per the statement of a village head, “Several houses were damaged and many trees uprooted in the storm in our Kaliabor area. As a government village headman, I have visited the entire village and I will submit the damage report to our Circle Officer.”

The Civil defense has issued an alert to the tourists and locals not to venture near the sea. Heavy thunderstorms and lightning have also been witnessed in many parts of the state.

The places which were not affected by the cyclone Sitrang have witnessed moderate climatic conditions, high-speed wind and sudden temperature fall.

Also Read: Cyclone “Gulab”: 3 Dead In Odisha And Andhra Pradesh

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