Cyclone Mocha: Intense storm hits Bangladesh and Myanmar coast

A powerful cyclone is hitting the coastlines of Bangladesh and Myanmar after intensifying into the equivalent of a category-five storm.

Cyclone Mocha is bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 195kph (120mph), which could see dangerous flooding on land around the Bay of Bengal.

Storm surges of up to four metres could swamp villages in low lying areas

There are fears it may hit the world’s largest refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, where nearly one million people live.

Forecasters warned Cyclone Mocha could be the most powerful storm seen in Bangladesh in nearly two decades.

Around 500,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas.

Many shelters set up in schools and monasteries in Cox’s Bazar are now reportedly full and overcrowded. Police in the area spent much of Saturday warning people to take cover and avoid the beach area. The government also issued an official landslide warning linked to a the predicted very rainfall forecast for Sunday,

The Bangladeshi meteorological department…

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