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A child sleeps inside a shelter house before cyclone Mahasen approaches in Chittagong May 16, 2013. REUTERS-Andrew Biraj

4 of 12. A child sleeps inside a shelter house before cyclone Mahasen approaches in Chittagong May 16, 2013.
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15.05.2013 Tropical Storm Sri Lanka Eastern Province, [Coastal regions] Damage level


Tropical Storm in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 at 15:51 (03:51 PM) UTC.


A cyclone caused by a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal killed at least seven people in Sri Lanka, government officials said on Tuesday. Cyclone Mahasen, which brought heavy rains and landslides to Sri Lanka, was expected to hit Bangladesh and Burma later this week. “Seven people have died and 10 people have got injured. There are 7,399 people from 1,947 families affected,” Lal Sarath Kumara, the spokesman at Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said. The Center said 3,881 people had been displaced due to the cyclone. Three people were missing due to heavy rains and landslides. Officials at Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology have said the center of Cyclone Mahasen is located 900 km off the island nation’s eastern coastal town of Pottuvil.




Cyclone Mahasen buffets Bangladesh coast, six dead





CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh | Thu May 16, 2013 7:48am EDT

(Reuters) – Cyclone Mahasen buffeted Bangladesh’s low-lying coast on Thursday, killing six people after forcing many thousands into emergency shelters, but authorities downgraded warnings later in the day as the storm lost strength.

A storm surge did cause some flooding along the coast at high tide and thousands of rickety huts were destroyed by torrential rain and wind, but the devastation was not as bad as had been feared.

Neighboring Myanmar, where there were fears for the safety of many thousands of internally displaced people living in camps, also appeared to have been largely spared.

The storm was moving northeast, into northeastern India, as it lost strength, meteorological officials said.

“It has now crossed over coastal areas and is a land depression over Bangladesh and adjoining areas of India and will gradually weaken further,” Mohammad Shah Alam, the director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told Reuters.

Earlier, winds of up to 100 kph (60 mph) lashed the coast, whipping up big waves as the United Nations warned that 4.1 million people could be threatened.

A Bangladeshi army official at an control center set up to help with relief work said six people had been killed.

Some media said the death toll was nine, with some of them killed by falling trees.

About 50 people were injured, according to media reports.

Bangladesh, where storms have in the past killed many thousands of people, has more than 1,400 cyclone-proof buildings and many people moved into them as Mahasen approached.


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