On Sunday afternoon, tropical storm Mocha made landfall in Bangladesh close to Coxbazar and the coast of North Myanmar. The beaches of Bangladesh and Myanmar were battered by heavy rainfall and severe gusts of wind reaching 200 kmph.
A warning has been issued for Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar seaport, Chattagram, and Payra port because meteorologists predict that the wind in the Bay of Bengal could exceed 200 kmph.
With gusts of up to 210 kmph (130 mph), the cyclone could cause sea surges of up to 12 feet (4 m), directly affecting more than 2 million people, the most of which are in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin states.
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Indian Meteorological Department’s tweet on Super Cyclone Mocha:
Authorities encouraged thousands of people in both countries to take shelter as the cyclone, an exceptionally dangerous cyclone, began to impact coastal areas. On Sunday morning, Cyclone Mocha’s outer band made landfall on the shore of Rakhine state in Myanmar, according to the country’s meteorological department.
According to news agency PTI, it is one of the most potent cyclones to hit Bangladesh’s coast in almost two decades. According to Bangladesh’s meteorological department chief Azizur Rahman, “Cyclone Mocha is the most potent storm since Cyclone Sidr.” The centre of tropical storm Mocha was about 410 kilometres off Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar coastline.
Between Cox’s Bazar, where almost a million Rohingya refugees reside in camps mostly made up of flimsy structures, and the coast of North Myanmar, the cyclone made landfall on Sunday morning.
According to the IMD, the same had winds of up to 220 km per hour, which is comparable to a category four hurricane.
Cox’s Bazar received the highest level of risk warning from Bangladesh. The cyclone could seriously harm people and property in eight coastal districts, according to a warning from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Readers are advised to take shelter and move as further from the coastline as possible to be safe from the cyclone.
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