Almost 300000 evacuated as cyclone approaches Bangladesh

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Cox's Bazar district chief Mohammad Ali Hussin said that at least 15,000 houses had been flattened in the region.

According to the officials, the cyclone did not prove to be as devastating as feared. The cyclone warning for the ports in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been upgraded to great danger signal no 10, the weather office said in a special bulletin.

He said the families of the six have received Tk 25,000 each as compensation and will be provided with further assistance if needed. "Some people were injured, but no-one is dead", Mr Salam said.

Dhaka - Hundreds of poorly built homes have been damaged as a powerful storm pounded the coastal district of Bangladesh on Tuesday, officials said.

"We are in touch with the local administrations".

Bangladesh had raised its highest number 10 weather danger alert as the storm approached with officials quickly evacuating more than 300,000 people to cyclone shelters.

Birmania, scomparso aereo militare con 116 persone
Sull'aereo viaggiavano 11 membri dell'equipaggio e 105 passeggeri, quasi tutti familiari di militari . In totale, quindi, 116 persone risultano attualmente disperse insieme al velivolo .

Last October, following a Myanmar army operation launched in response to insurgent attacks, an estimated 74,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh where they joined more than 200,000 who have taken refuge there over the years.

There are an estimated 75,000 Muslim Rohingyas now living in Bangladesh, having fled persecution and violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

Strong winds and a unsafe storm surged along the coast after the storm came ashore at 6:00 a.m. local time, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong and the Cox's Bazar airports due to Cyclone Mora. However, they brought it down to 3 later on Tuesday as the cyclone lost strength. Cyclone Sidr in 2007 killed nearly 4,000 people.Flash floods and torrential rain led to landslides in hilly areas, which caused most of the casualties. Cyclone Sidr in 2007 killed almost 4,000 people. "We expect majority to have moved to safety by later this evening", an official at the disaster management ministry said.

The cyclone weakened in Bangladesh by late morning as it moved inland towards India where authorities have warned of heavy rain in the northeastern states of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

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