Evacuations as cyclone approaches Bangladesh

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

The weather office said the cyclone could unleash a five-foot-high (1.7 metre) storm surge around Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and several other coastal districts on the Bay of Bengal, which are home to millions of people.

It is likely to move north north-eastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast near Chittagong today morning.

Mora is the equivalent of a strong tropical storm and will bring winds around 100 kilometers per hour as it moves onshore, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Chittagong and Cox's Bazar districts, bordering Myanmar, is also home to refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homeland in northwest Myanmar.

"It hit Saint Martin's Island with wind speed of 114 kilometre per hour and Teknaf at 135 kilometres per hour", BMD director Shamsuddin Ahmed told reporters.

BMD officials said an inclement weather will persist Tuesday.

Bhubaneswar: Fishermen were asked not to venture into the sea in Odisha as severe cyclonic storm "Mora" crossed the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, raising possibility of rains at many places in the state. "For any further clarification and support, please stay in touch with the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority at #9555844253", it stated.

Flooding and mudslides have claimed the lives of at least 180 people and left almost half a million people displaced in southwestern Sri Lanka.

Officials in southeastern port city of Chittagong said orders have been issued to suspend operations at the country's main port. As many as 2.5 million people risk falling in the way of the severe cyclonic storm, according to PTI. The chief administrator said 17,500 houses had been completely destroyed and 35,000 partially damaged in the district.

Rescue operations are under way, and global aid has started to arrive after the government asked for help. "She has ordered all-out preparation to tackle the storm", said Ihsanul Karim, Prime Minister's press secretary.

An official of Bangladesh's National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) told Xinhua Tuesday night that the cyclone caused the deaths of six people in two districts as it erased most houses, crops and infrastructure.

Admiral Sunil Lamba said the Navy deployed one ship off the coast of Bangladesh and a second ship was sent from Visakhapatnam with relief material.

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