Bangladesh: Cyclone - Apr 1991
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BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
30 APRIL 1991
1. SEVERE STORM WITH WINDS UP TO OVER 200 KPH HIT BANGLADESHI COASTLINE IN CHITTAGONG AREA ON TUESDAY 30 APRIL. MEDIA REPORT SO FAR MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE KILLED, FIGURE EXPECTED TO RISE. SEVERE DAMAGE TO HOUSING REPORTED AND CHITTAGONG AND COX' BAZAR PARTLY INUNDATED. COMMUNICATIONS WITH AFFECTED AREA INTERUPTED AND NO OFFICIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT YET AVAILABLE.
2. UNDRO IN CONTACT WITH UNDP/UNDRO REPRESENTATIVE IN DHAKA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SITUATION.