Tropical cyclone Roanu devastates Bangladesh (pictures and video)

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Tropical Cyclone Roanu hit Chittagong, Bangladesh, on May 21, 2016.

Cyclone Roanu has forced half a million people to flee their homes and left at least 21 dead.

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The tropical cyclone made landfall at noon local time (06:00 GMT) on Saturday, causing floods, landslides and submerging homes.

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Torrential rains and wind gusts of up to 70 mph (110 kmh) swept through the island closing several ports and taking electricity down across the country.

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The storm system has since weakened but heavy rainfall is continuing, which poses a dangerous threat of flooding and landslides.

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The authorities took over 500,000 people into shelters as Roanu hit.

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Residents have been warned for a storm surge of 4-5 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of Bangladesh arond the time of landfall.

And of course, tides around the full moon – a Blue Moon this month – are usually higher.

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