Seven people died in the state of West Bengal in eastern India, two of them when trees fell on their homes and another after the fall of a tree in Calcutta.
The hurricane hit the coastal areas of these two neighboring countries on Saturday night, closing airports and ports. Seven people died in the state of West Bengal in eastern India, including two when trees fell on their homes and another after the fall of a tree in Calcutta.
In Bangladesh, six people were killed, including five by trees, and at least 20 people were injured. Five others were reported missing after a fishing boat sank on a river near Bhola Island (South).
Cyclone Bulbul first struck the Sundarbans, a region of innumerable arms and canals in the Ganges delta, home to the largest mangrove forest in the world. Shared between Bangladesh and India, this region is also home to the threatened Bengal tiger.
In Bangladesh, more than two million people have been evacuated and settled in more than 5,500 special shelters. Bangladeshi soldiers were sent to villages and tens of thousands of volunteers went door-to-door, calling residents by loudspeakers to flee, some villages being below sea level.
The hurricane has also damaged about 4,000 homes made mostly of mud and sheet metal, the secretary in charge of disaster management said.