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Cyclone Mocha hits the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Millions of people need humanitarian aid

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The powerful tropical cyclone Mocha – as predicted – hit the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma) on Sunday. Many residents of both countries had to leave their homes, the evacuation orders mainly concerned low-lying regions. It is estimated that the catastrophe will affect several million people, and will be particularly severe for communities living in extreme poverty.

At the time of impact, Mocha was carrying gusts of up to 210 kilometers per hour. Meteorologists warned that storm surges could reach up to four meters high. The predicted route of the cyclone passes through regions that are home to more than two million people, but according to representatives of the United Nations Satellite Center, many more will be affected.

“Saving lives is our top priority,” said disaster relief official Mijanur Rahman in Bangladesh. The biggest concerns are primarily the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group, which mainly lives in makeshift shelters in the city of Cox’s Bazar. Most of them are refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar in 2017.

“Those at risk are being evacuated to safe havens and we are organizing relief packages,” said Farah Kabir of ActionAid Bangladesh.

Projected track of Cyclone MochaJTWC

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Situation in Myanmar

In one of the poorest states of Myanmar – Rakhine, the number of evacuees reached at least 100,000 people.

“We use monasteries and schools as shelters,” said Arakan Defense Army spokesman Khine Thu Kha. – In cooperation with local communities, we organized meals for them, but if this [gwałtowna pogoda – przyp. red.] it will take a long time, there will be more problems – he added.

It is estimated that at least six million people are already in need of humanitarian aid.

Evacuees from Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)PAP/EPA/NYUNT WIN

Evacuees from Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)PAP/EPA/NYUNT WIN

Evacuees from Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)PAP/EPA/NYUNT WIN

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