30 May, 2017 – Kuala Lumpur.  The impact of Cyclone Mora is being felt along coastal areas of Bangladesh which made landfall in south east Bangladesh this morning.

The cyclone hit the coast of Bangladesh between Cox’s Bazaar and the city of Chittagong with winds of between 89 -117 kilometers per hour. High winds and heavy rains are currently being experienced and the Bangladesh meteorological office has warned that coastal districts could face flooding as a result of 4-5 metre storm surges along the sea front.

In advance of the storm Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteers working with local authorities helped to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people to safety from low-lying coastal areas of the coast. Preparations are now underway to deliver relief supplies, including food, emergency shelter and clean water to thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes.

The Myanmar Red Cross is also on alert to respond should the cyclone bringing flooding to regions in the northwest of the country.


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