DHAKA – At least five people were killed and 10 injured after cyclone Mora hit southwestern areas of Bangladesh, where around two million people were evacuated, police told EFE on Tuesday.
Police sources said four people died after several trees fell in the southeastern districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati, while the fifth died due to a stroke triggered by a panic attack.
The cyclone, which arrived as a tropical storm with winds of up to 117 kilometers (73 miles) per hour, also injured 10 others.
Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Hossain said the cyclone destroyed several houses and trees.
The 33,000 Rohingya refugees living at the Kutupalong Refugee Camp were among the communities that were most affected by the cyclone.
Mora made landfall as a tropical storm around 6:00 am on the Teknaf coast bordering Myanmar, the meteorological department said in a special bulletin.
It lowered the alert level to three out of 10 on Tuesday, as the cyclone had weakened over the last few hours.
“It is likely to move in a northerly direction and weaken gradually,” the department said.
It also maintained its warning to fishermen to stay away from the sea until further notice.
In the last few hours, authorities have evacuated more than 500,000 people to around 3,800 cyclone shelters, and another 1.5 million to makeshift shelters in schools, hospitals and government buildings.
Bangladesh’s Cyclone Preparedness Program told EFE that 56,000 volunteers in 18 coastal districts helped in the evacuation.
Cyclones are very common in Bangladesh due to its geographical location in the Bay of Bengal.
They generally hit the country in April-May and October-November.
In May 2016, 21 people were killed and dozens injured when Cyclone Roanu struck the country’s coastline, leading to the evacuation of 500,000 people.