Cyclone Mora: Houses damaged in Cox’s Bazar
06:22 AM, May 30, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:14 PM, June 06, 2017

Cyclone Mora kills 6 before weakening

- Six dead

- Signal lowered to number 3

- Power supply off in Ctg division

- Wind, rain ease in Ctg

- Kutubdia, Moheshkhali, Teknaf cut off

At least six people died in Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati after Cyclone Mora made landfall this morning and crossed the coasts of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong at 12noon, showing signs of weakening with reduced wind speed and rainfall.

The cyclone that made landfall near Kutubdia around 6:00 am now lies over Rangamati region as a land deep depression. It is likely to move in a northerly direction further and weaken gradually by giving precipitation, Met office said.

The bad weather will persist today. There will be improvement tomorrow, it says.

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Two people died in Chokoria, being hit by trees and buried under a collapsed house, and two others in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

Cox’s Bazar Additional Deputy Commissioner Kazi Abdur Rahman identified them as Rahmat Ullah, 50, and Sayera Khatun, 60, locals of Chokoria.

Mariam Begum, 55, died of heart attack at a cyclone shelter in Cox’s Bazar Sadar upazila, said Ruhul Amin, divisional commissioner of Chittagong.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl, Sahina Akhter, died as a tree fell on her in Islamabad union of Cox's Bazar Sadar upazila, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nazrul Islam.

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Now, Kutubdia, Moheshkhali and Teknaf are completely cut off from road communication, landline phone and power, Divisional Commissioner Ruhul Amin said.

Hazera Begum, 40, and Mahima Akhter, 13, died being hit by trees in Rangamati Sadar around 11:30 am, our local correspondent reports quoting district Civil Surgeon Shaheed Talukder.

Some houses have been damaged and trees uprooted in Banshkhali and Sandwip upazilas, said local UNOs Kazi Md Chahel (Banshkhali) and Golam Md Zakaria.

At least 10 people including two children were injured and over 3,450 houses were damaged in different areas of Chittagong, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

Three villages – Baroaulia, Dholghat, Purba Gahira-- in Anawara and three other villages – Purba Barguna, Pashim Barguna and Gandamara -- in Bashkhali were inundated.

In Cox’s Bazar, two villages were inundated in Moheshkhali upazila and over 1,000 people evacuated and taken to cyclone centre this morning, said Tamilur Rahman, an executive magistrate.

Power supply to Chittagong, the hill tract regions of Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Bandarban, and Cox’s Bazar have been kept off since morning, said Md Moniruzzaman, senior assistant public relation officer of Power Development Board (south).

Cyclone Mora, that lashed Chittagong with wind speed of 128 kmph eased up in the afternoon, our local staff correspondents report.

The rain had subsided to moderate. Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to lower signal number to three from great danger signal number 10. Mongla and Payra ports also have been asked to hoist signal number three lowering from eight.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till 9:00pm today.

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