Heavy rainfall likely to hit Northeast India as Cyclone Mora Hits Bangladesh

The Met office has advised to hoist Great Danger Signal No 10 at coastal areas including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni and Chandpur as Cyclone Mora heads towards Bangladesh's coasts, reports the Dhaka Triune. Some 300,000 people had been moved to safety or were evacuated on Monday as the delta nation braced for its first strong storm of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up in several districts, including Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.

Community leaders for some 200,000 Rohingya refugees, many of whom live in flimsy makeshift camps having fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar, said damage to the camps was extensive and there had been no attempt to evacuate them.

Another woman died of panic, officials said, adding that several thousand houses were damaged in the area, a lot of them mud-built structures.

Authorities have been moving more than one million people to shelters.

Cyclone Mora destroyed hundreds of houses and uprooted many trees in Saint Matin's Island and Teknaf areas of Coxs Bazar district. About 8,000 residents moved to storm shelters and hotels.

Community leader Shamsul Alam told the news agency that nearly all 10,000 thatched huts in two camps were destroyed.

"A combination of its lengthy and exposed coastline, inadequate infrastructure and plenty of fuel in the way of warm Bay of Bengal waters play a role in making this region the deadliest in the world as it relates to tropical cyclones", Javaheri said.

A number of houses were also damaged in western Myanmar.

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

Almost 300,000 people have been evacuated from southern coastal areas of Bangladesh as a cyclone dubbed Mora was forecast to make landfall on Tuesday, authorities in Dhaka said.

Bangladesh is routinely hit by bad storms between April and December that cause deaths and widespread property damage.

The cyclone formed after monsoon rains triggered floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, off India's southern tip, killing at least 180 people in recent days, authorities said, adding 99 people were missing and 112 had been injured.

  • Carolyn Briggs