New Delhi: The Indian Navy has rescued 27 people in cyclone hit Bangladesh, due to which at least six have died and thousands of people have become homeless.
Twenty-seven people have been rescued by Indian Navy ship Sumitra, they were found at a distance 100 miles away from Bangladeshi city of Chittagong, Indian Navy Spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said.
The Eastern Naval Command is deploying P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operation in Bangladesh, as per a report of News18.
“INS Sumitra operating in the Northern Bay of Bengal rescued 27 survivors found adrift at sea approximately 100 miles south of Chittagong. These include ladies, children and elderly people,” Sharma said.
“Search and rescue for more survivors is drastically hampered due to prevailing rough weather in the area,” he added.
Authorities are increasing its pace to evacuate over half a million people across the coastal areas. All flights have been suspended to and from Chittagong and the Cox’s Bazar airports.
Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal and Pirojpur were the districts at risk. Bangladesh Meteorological Department on Tuesday had said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ moved northward over North Bay and started crossing Cox’s Bazar- Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM (local time). It is likely to move in a northerly direction further, the MeT said.