Police patrol boats scoured the Bay of Bengal on October 22 in search of hundreds of fishermen missing after a cyclonic storm which lashed Bangladesh's southern coast a week previously.
GV PAN Damaged boats in Bay of Bengal.
GV PAN & SV People working on beached damaged boats. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Missing fishermen's relatives looking out to sea. (2 SHOTS)
GV Police on boat scour the harbour.
GV Fishermen aboard a boat looking for survivors.
GV, SV & GV ZOOM Soldiers on boat continue search. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Police patrol boats scoured the Bay of Bengal on October 22 in search of hundreds of fishermen missing after a cyclonic storm which lashed Bangladesh's southern coast a week previously. The storm, with heavy rain and winds up to 130 kilometres per hour (80 mph) destroyed about 1,000 houses and disrupted power supplies as it swept across Chittagong Port City and nearby coastal areas. As soon as it passed, about two hundred boats and trawlers returned safely to port from shelter in the lee of islands 48 kilometres (30 miles) offshore. Navy ships immediately began to scour the bay for the hundreds more reported missing. On the last count on October 21, the death toll had risen to one hundred, and a navy frigate returned to Cox's Bazar after abandoning the rescue effort. Police and relatives of the missing were continuing the search but hopes of finding any of the fishermen alive were rapidly fading.