Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cyclone Mora kills six in Bangladesh, alert sounded in coastal Odisha

Even as Bangladesh scrambled to evacuate almost 1 million people from low-lying areas, Cyclone Mora made landfall early May 30 morning as a Category 1 cyclone between Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department was quoted as saying by various news reports.

The powerful storm made landfall around 6 Kutubdia, near the fishing port of Cox's Bazar, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said.

About 18 million people live in 19 coastal districts, with 10 of them being at high-risk areas.

A tropical storm lashed southern Bangladesh on Tuesday, destroying hundreds of poorly built homes in some remote islands in the Bay of Bengal, officials said.

Parts of India and Myanmar are also expected to be affected.

However, Bangladeshi weather officials said the cyclone was not as bad as they had feared.

United Nations officials in Bangladesh said the damage in the camps could not be assessed while the storm was raging.

"In some places, nearly every shanty, home made of tin, bamboo and plastic, has been flattened", Salam added. "Some people were injured, but no-one is dead", Mr Salam said.

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"We are targeting zero casualties and we will try our best to evacuate more than a million before the landfall", he told AFP.

"The coastline of Bangladesh is very low-lying and is prone to storm-surge problems", Ward said.

"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.

The great danger signal No. 10 has been sounded for all the districts and ports where fishing boats, trawlers and maritime vessels over the north bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong worldwide airport and the Cox's Bazar airports.

Bangladesh is frequently hit by deadly storms between April and December. The cyclone has caused and rendered millions of people homeless.

Latest weather forecast said, the cyclone would influence rain accompanied by temporary gusty winds at most places of Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at many places over Rangpur & Rajshahi divisions.

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