Cyclone destroys almost all houses in Balukahli and Kutupalong Taal

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May 30, 2017

Teknaf- Cyclone ‘Mora’ made landfall on the dawn hours of Tuesday on the South Eastern Bangladesh coastal area, destroying almost all the huts in Kutupalong and Balukhali, according to our correspondent in the area.

Local media reports indicate that 350,000 people were evacuated especially from the outlying islands in the Bay of Bengal where cyclones can cause severe damage including deaths.

In the refugee camps, pregnant women and the elderly were given shelters in the hospitals, while many of the children were taken to the schools in the night.

The cyclone Mora for which Bangladesh had braced itself with the highest disaster alert however lost much of its strength before making landfall, according to metrological reports.

Bangladesh is better prepared than most countries to handle severe cyclones, as the country had lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the past century.

However, all the shelters in the newly constructed Balukhali camp and the Taal area of Kutupalong experienced severe damages and most have been destroyed. Much of the populace are now left under the open sky.

However, no casualties have been reported.

News from inside Arakan is yet to come as bad weather disrupts communications.

Primary reports indicate that Rohingyas in many parts were not expecting a cyclone.