Reuters reports on Tropical Storm Mahasen, and quotes CRS staffer Cassie Dummett describing the extent of the damage. Excerpts from Thomson Reuters Foundation:
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A killer cyclone that struck Bangladesh four days ago has damaged the homes of tens of thousands of people and destroyed their crops, aid groups said, warning that many coastal communities were still in need.
With wind speeds of up to 90 kmph (56 mph) and heavy rains, cyclone Mahasen buffeted Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India in the Bay of Bengal on May 16, killing at least 75 people in the region….
“Reports from our partners on the ground tell us that there has been a big impact on shelter. While people were evacuated during the storm, they have now returned to find their homes partially or fully damaged,” said Cassie Dummett, deputy regional manager for Catholic Relief Services.
“There has also been an impact on farming communities who have, in some areas, lost 60 percent of their standing crops of rice paddy.”
Dummett said some populations were living amid the wreckage of their homes, while others were inhabiting damaged houses because they had nowhere else to go. Bangladeshi authorities says the storm had disrupted the lives of 1.3 million people, with almost 100,000 mainly mud-and-straw homes full or partially destroyed.