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Deadly Cyclone Mocha slams into Bangladesh, Myanmar

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At least three individuals were killed by the storm, which also brought about flooding, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes.

A strong storm that hit the coasts of Myanmar and southeast Bangladesh on Sunday has forced thousands of people to take refuge in temples, pagodas, and schools.

In Bangladeshi Rohingya refugee camps, Cyclone Mocha toppled trees, dispersed flimsy dwellings, and caused a storm surge to low-lying regions as it made landfall.

While local media in Myanmar stated that a man died there after a tree fell on him, rescue services in Myanmar claimed that two people died in a landslip.

Bangladesh’s meteorology office

According to Bangladesh’s meteorology office, Mocha made landfall between Sittwe, Myanmar, and Cox’s Bazar, where almost one million Rohingya refugees reside in Bangladesh.

The largest storm to hit the Bay of Bengal in more than ten years swept into the beach town of Sittwe, turning its streets into rivers.

 Al Jazeera reported that the primary Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar had been spared from the cyclone’s centre thrust. According to Chowdhury, the rain was “more of a drizzle than a torrential rain” and the wind speed was high.

The damage assessment, he added, was ongoing but will take some time to complete.

According to Chowdhury, who was reporting from Cox’s Bazar, “it will take days and weeks to confirm the real damage [from the cyclone] as there are several small, dispersed coastal islands where fishermen don’t have means of communication and don’t heed warnings.”

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