In photos: The ‘Yaas’ Aftermath

BAF rescues 12 sailors

Staff Correspondent

27 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BAF rescues 12 sailors

Cyclone Yaas slams into the eastern state of Odisha in India with tidal surges on Wednesday but Bangladesh remained largely unscathed. Low-lying areas in different coastal districts were inundated by tidal surge triggered by the cyclone that made a landfall in eastern India on the day.

(1) Submerged areas of Rangabali upazila in Patuakhali,


(2) Overflowing river washes away part of flood-protection embankment in Bagerhat,


(3) A BAF helicopter hovering to rescue sailors of a stone-laden lighterage vessel which sank in the Bay of Bengal,


(4) Tidal surge inundates a low-laying area in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali,


(5) A boat washes away during tidal surges at Patenga sea beach in Chattogram and


(6) Yaas leaves a trail of
destruction at Patenga sea beach.     — Rabin Chowdhury / SUN PHOTO


A total of 12 sailors of a stone-laden lighterage vessel which sank in the Bay of Bengal during the storm, Yaas, were rescued by two helicopters of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) on Wednesday.

When the BAF learned that the lighter sank in the area adjacent to Bashan Char, two AW-139 search and rescue helicopters rushed to the spot, rescued the 12 and brought them to Air Force Base Zahurul Haque, Chattogram where they were administered treatment.

It is to be noted that the Air Force Meteorological Directorate was monitoring and forecasting the movement of cyclone Yaas by analyzing the data obtained from the latest weather radar and other technologies.

In addition, a BAF Central Disaster Management Control Room was opened which was being supervised by the Air Force Headquarters for Disaster Management.