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Dozens killed in South Asian Storm

Posted by feww on April 14, 2010

Powerful tropical storm pummels coasts of India’s West Bengal and Bangladesh, killing 100 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes.

Winds of 120 km/hr blew away the roofs of buildings, uprooted trees and cut off electricity and telephone lines, killing at least 100 people and injuring hundreds more.

Freeze frame from West Bengali TV showing damage to houses. Image may be subject to copyright.

The storm struck in the middle of a major heatwave in the region that has affected more than a third of India’s 29 states, leaving at least 47 people dead.

“The storm has left a trail of destruction everywhere,” West Bengal minister of state for civil defense Srikumar Mukherjee said on a televised appearance.

Some 50,000 houses had collapsed or were damaged, and hundreds of people received severe injuries, he said.

“Most of the victims were buried under the collapsed walls of their homes.” The minister added.

The officials described the storm as an extreme form of what is locally called a “nor’wester” – a weather system that develops over the Bay of Bengal during summer.

“The storm has damaged more than 11,000 mud, tin and concrete homes in Rangpur district alone – many of the houses were completely demolished. It was a huge storm and we are still assessing the damage,” AFP quoted Rangpur district administrator BM Enamul Haq as saying.

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Bay of Bengal Island Disappears

Posted by feww on March 25, 2010

Sea Successfully Reclaims Disputed Island

Disputed South Talpatti Island, aka New Moore Island Drowns

South Talpatti Island as it was called by Bangladeshis, or New Moore Island (also Purbasha) as it was called by Indians, a tiny uninhabited island south of the Hariabhanga river in the Bay of Bengal, is completely submerged by rising sea levels.

The small island had been partially submerged at least once. Indian oceanographers analyzing recent satellite images said the Bay of Bengal island had now been completely submerged by rising seas levels.

Bangladesh and India had disputed the sovereignty of the island ever since it emerged in the Bay of Bengal after cyclone Bhola struck in 1970. The island had remained uninhabited throughout its ephemeral life.

The Location Map of the Ghost Island South Talpatti. Click image to enlarge.

Island Position: Bay of Bengal
Location: 21.62°N, 89.14°E
Average Area: ~ 11 km² (4.3 sq miles) – largest area measured up to 15 km² (5.8 sq miles)
Average length: ~ 3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Average width: ~ 3.1 km (2 miles)
Population: Nil


Indian oceanographers have confirmed that based on satellite imagery and sea patrols, the island has drowned.

“What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” said Hazra, an oceanographer at the School of Oceanographic Studies, University of Calcutta.

Sea levels have risen in the Bay of Bengal at an alarming rate; whereas the levels rose by about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year prior to 2000, they have been rising by about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in the last decade, he said.

Wondering where some of the water might come from? See Greenland Ice Sheet Losing Ice Mass.

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Tropical Cyclone Bijli

Posted by feww on April 21, 2009

TC Bijli dumped as much as 50 mm of rain per hour in parts of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar

Tropical Cyclone Bijli came ashore over eastern Bangladesh on April 17, 2009. The storm caused little damage, according to news reports, but did dump as much as 50 millimeters of rain per hour in the regions where rainfall was heaviest, shown in red, on Bangladesh and neighboring Myanmar. This image, made with data captured by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite on April 17, shows the rainfall associated with the storm. Image produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC). Caption by Holli Riebeek [Edited for brevity by Moderator.]

Tropical Storm Bijli draped the east coast of India in this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on April 16, 2009. Bijli became a tropical storm in the northwest Bay of Bengal on April 15.  NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid [sic] Response team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey. [Edited for brevity by Moderator.]

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