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Deadly Cyclone MORA Strikes Bangladesh

Posted by feww on May 30, 2017

MORA devastates Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Cyclone MORA made landfall between the port of Cox’s Bazar and the city of Chittagong just after 00:01 UTC on  Tuesday.

The cyclone has killed at least 10 people, so far, and forced 300,000 people to evacuate. About 1 million others await evacuation.

Low-lying coastal areas in 17 coastal districts, including Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, were “likely to be inundated” by a storm surge of about 1.5m above normal levels, authorities warned, as the cyclone headed north.

More than 20,000 shelters in refugee camps for Rohingya in Balukhali and Kutupalong were damaged, according to reports.

“In some places, almost every shanty home made of tin, bamboo and plastic has been flattened,” a community leader told reporters.

An estimated 350,000 Rohingya, who have fled the violence in Myanmar, and were housed in large camps in Cox’s Bazar, have been severely affected.

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