Cyclone Mora Hits Bangladesh, Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated
Cyclone Mora Hits Bangladesh, Hundreds of Thousands EvacuatedCyclone Mora hit Bangladesh Tuesday packing winds of up to 117 kilometers per hour (73mph) after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from low-lying coastal villages.
Dhaka: Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh Tuesday packing winds of up to 117 kilometers per hour (73mph) after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from low-lying coastal villages.
The severe cyclonic storm made landfall on the coast between Cox’s Bazar and the main port city of Chittagong at 6:00 am (0000 GMT), the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a special weather bulletin.
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“They have been evacuated to at least 400 cyclone shelters, schools and government offices in the coastal areas,” Golam Mostofa, a senior government bureaucrat who is coordinating the evacuation, told AFP.
Mostafa said they had not received any reports of casualties so far but some houses have been damaged and trees uprooted.
The weather office has said the cyclone could unleash a five-foot (1.7 meters) high storm surge around Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and several other coastal districts on the Bay of Bengal which is home to millions of people.
- The local administration has called in all fishing vessels and advised them to remain anchored, while the Chittagong port authority has postponed activities.
- Bangladesh is routinely hit by bad storms between April and December that cause deaths and widespread property damage.
- In May last year, Cyclone Roane hit the southern coast of Bangladesh leaving 20 people dead and forcing half a million to flee their homes.
- Flash floods and excessive rain led to landslides in hilly areas, which caused most of the casualties.
- “But this time we are more prepared,” disaster management authority spokesman Abul Hashim said.
May 30, 201712:04 pm