New Delhi, June 1: After ongoing rescue operation Indian Navy ship (INS) Sumitra reached Chittagong this morning. It safely dropped 33 Bangladeshis, who were saved a day after Cyclone Mora slammed the Bangladesh coast.
The rescued Bangladeshis were handed to Chittagong Deputy Commissioner DC Zillur by Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Sringla. Indian envoy also handed them than food material, medicines, and tents which were regularly carried by INS Sumitra while on patrol.
When the cyclone struck Bangladesh coast, the offshore patrolling vessel INS Sumitra was in the Bay of Bengal. It was directly diverted to cyclone affected area and launched a rescue operation. INS Sumitra on rescued 33 Bangladeshis in Moheshkhali area off Cox's Bazar. It is assumed that the people rescued were either from sunken boats or washed off shore by the cyclone. Few of them are admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for treatment.
Right now, the port of Chittagong which suffered from large-scale damage because of Cyclone Mora making landfall during low tide is trying to deal with the water logging due to continues rainfall in last 2 days. Around 2.5 lakh people from 10 susceptible districts are affected because of the cyclone.
As the Bangladesh government put up skillful disaster management mechanisms, even though having the highest severity of the cyclone warning danger signal number 10, till now only 6 deaths are reported.
On a previous day, INS Sumitra was involved in a major Search and Rescue (SAR) operation 90 miles south of Bangladesh's Chittagong. INS rescued 27 people who were found adrift at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladesh’s Chittagong city, includes of Ladies, children and elderly persons.
One man was found serious; his pulse and heartbeat could not be traced. Right now, he is admitted and on the ventilator. As on Tuesday severe cyclonic storm, 'Mora' hit Chittagong, massive evacuation is underway in Bangladesh.
After northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal, the severe cyclonic storm MORA moved further north-northeastward with a speed of 28 kmph, and lay centered at 02:30 hrs IST on Tuesday.
According to Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, around 30,000 people have taken up refuge at the hundreds of storm shelters near the coast, as heavy rainfall is being reported in Chittagong.
Mora was based at on 385km south of Chittagong port and 305km south of Cox's Bazar port around 7 pm on Monday, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The Indian Navy on Monday had said that it has kept its Eastern Fleet boats at the most elevated amount of planning to extract help to Bangladesh if required.