A severe cyclone named Mora hits the South Eastern coastal areas of Bangladesh, which brought speedy winds and heavy rainfall in the area, at least 1 million people had been shifted to the safe places.
The storm made landfall on Tuesday morning between the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar and the city of Chittagong, with winds of up to 117 km/h (73 mph), In Bangladesh, Cyclone Mora hitted at 06:00 local time (00:00 GMT), according to the country’s Meteorological Department said.
It had previously warned that low-lying areas of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and many other coastal regions were “likely to be inundated” by a storm surge of 1.2m-1.5m (4-5 feet) above normal levels.
Due to heavy rains and strong winds, communication lines may be affected due to falling of tree branches. Slight damage to huts and kutcha houses is also expected.
India and Myanmar are also expected to be affected. It comes after heavy rains in Sri Lanka caused landslides that killed at least 180 people, more than half million people were affected by it and around 100 were lost in this intense storm, it was recorded as the most severe one in the last 14 years of Sri Lanka’s history.
Due to this massive storm in the region plenty of rainfalls will continue over Northeast India for another 24 hours.
No casualties have been reported so far, but the cyclone caused significant damage to refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims, community leader Abdus Salam said.
He told AFP news agency that 20,000 houses in refugee camps were damaged.
“In some places, almost every shanty home made of tin, bamboo and plastic has been flattened. Some people were injured, but no-one is dead,” Mr Salam added.
Cyclone Mora will move northwards past Chittagong over the next 12 hours, meanwhile its intensity will be declining to bring it to an average thunderstorm.
The Bay of Bengal is prone to storms, and Bangladesh is often hit by severe weather during the monsoon season from the middle to the end of the year.
Last year Cyclone Roanu hit coastal Bangladesh, leaving at least 24 people dead.