First Rohingya refugee dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh: official

A 71-year-old man has become the first Rohingya living in vast refugee camps in Bangladesh to die from the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday (2). Health experts have long warned that the deadly virus could race through the vast network of settlements housing almost a million refugees in the country’s southeast. “He died on May […]

Bangladesh lifts virus lockdown, logs record deaths on same day

BANGLADESH lifted its coronavirus lockdown Sunday (31), with millions heading back to work in densely populated cities and towns even as the country logged a record spike in deaths and new infections. “The lockdown has been lifted and we are heading almost towards our regular life,” health department spokeswoman Nasima Sultana said, calling on those […]

Bangladeshis killed in Libya were abducted and tortured, foreign ministry says

The 30 migrants slain by traffickers in Libya on Wednesday had been abducted while crossing the country in search of work and then tortured to extract a ransom, Bangladesh’s foreign ministry said on Friday, citing a survivor. Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Thursday it had issued arrest warrants for suspects […]

Floods and tears in Bangladesh a week after cyclone

REZAUL ISLAM wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India. The strongest storm to hit the area this century killed more than 100 people, flattening entire villages, uprooting trees and ruining fish ponds in the […]

Bangladesh hospital fire kills five COVID-19 patients

FIVE COVID-19 patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday (27), a fire service official said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, Rahman said. Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation […]

COVID-19 claims over 500 lives in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH reported 1,975 COVID-19 infections and 21 fresh deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infected has reached 35,585 and the death toll now stands at 501, said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Meanwhile, 433 people have recovered from infections […]

‘Everything is gone’: Cyclone Amphan destroys Bangladesh villages

Shafiqul Islam hid under a bed with his wife and two children for hours as the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh this century ripped the tin roof off his home. Islam had thought he could ride out Cyclone Amphan but soon regretted his “huge mistake” as winds of 150 kilometres (95 mile) per hour slammed […]

India, Bangladesh to operate five more ports of call to boost bilateral trade

INDIA and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to operationalise five new ports of call and two new protocol routes to boost the bilateral trade. With this, the ports of call between the two countries has increased to 11 from six earlier while two more extended ports of call have been added. High Commissioner of India […]

Heavy rains in India and Bangladesh as cyclone bears down

HEAVY rains and winds lashed two eastern Indian states and parts of Bangladesh hours before a powerful cyclone made landfall on Wednesday (20), with rescue teams evacuating millions of villagers to higher ground in an operation complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Bangladesh’s disaster management officials said they were working on a war footing to evacuate […]

Bangladesh may see COVID-19 peak in next two weeks, warns experts

Experts say that Bangladesh may see a peak in COVID-19 infections in the next two weeks. The COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 25,121 with 370 deaths. The country on May 18 registered 1,602 new infections of COVID-19, with 21 deaths, marking the single day record in the country of around 165 million population. […]