Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh on May 30, 2017 with winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.
300,000 people have been evacuated from the coastal areas while the extreme weather event damaged and cut off power in hundreds of homes.
The severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ moved northward over North Bay and started crossing Cox’s Bazar- Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM (local time).
Wind speed was estimated at 130 kmph in Saint Martins Island and 150 kmph Cox’s Bazar port.
As many as 300,000 people had been taken to 400 different cyclone shelters or safer places like schools and government offices in the coastal areas of the ten most vulnerable districts – Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal and Pirojpur.
The low presure storm is accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms along the coastal districts, closing maritime ports of Bangladesh.
The below the sea level areas and some offshore islands have likely been inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
The MeT office had issued the highest level of the warning signal in a scale of 10 for two maritime ports.
All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong international airport and the Cox’s Bazar airports.
Cyclone Mora is hitting Sri Lanka just after heavy rains killed over 180 people last week.