Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh, thousands evacuated

RSTV Bureau
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Authorities in Bangladesh evacuated thousands of people from coastal areas as severe cyclonic storm Mora made landfall on Tuesday. Six people are said to have been killed after the cyclone hit.

Winds speeds up to 150 kilometres per hour were reported. Several houses were also damaged.

The worst affected districts are Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal and Pirojpur.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the severe cyclonic storm was moving northwards over North Bay and was crossing Cox’s Bazar- Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM (local time).

The MET said that Mora was likely to move further up North.

Gusty or squally wind with rain or thunder showers were continuing over North Bay and the coastal districts and maritime ports of Bangladesh., the Daily Star reported.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the cyclone centre was about 89 kph rising to 117 kph in gusts or squalls, it said.

As many as 300,000 people had been taken to shelters in more than ten districts most vulnerable to the cyclone, Additional Secretary Golam Mostafa, a spokesman for the disaster management ministry’s control room, was quoted as saying by BD News.

“The people were moved out to at least 400 cyclone shelters or safer places like schools and government offices in the coastal areas,” a disaster management ministry spokesman said.

At least 2.5 million people in ten districts risk falling in the way of the severe cyclonic storm.

‘The low-lying’ areas of the coastal districts and their offshore islands were likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide, the Met office said.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

The MeT office had issued the highest level of warning signal in a scale of 10 for two maritime ports after Mora developed into a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Roanu hit the southern coast of Bangladesh last year, leaving 20 people dead and forcing half a million to flee their homes.

(With inputs from PTI)