May 30, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Mora Makes Landfall in Bangladesh; 3 Killed, Thousands of Homes Destroyed

Bangladesh
by
Eric Chaney and Pam Wright
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Weather Underground
Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have been moved to cyclone shelters. Photo: AFP, Getty Images
Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have been moved to cyclone shelters. Photo: AFP, Getty Images

Three people died and thousands of homes on some remote islands were destroyed after Tropical Cyclone Mora made landfall Tuesday.

"Mora made landfall in Bangladesh early Tuesday morning local time as the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane," weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said.

According to the Associated Press, Ali Hossain, the chief government administrator for the district of Cox's Bazar, said two women and a man died after the storm made landfall. Two of them died when trees fell on their homes, he said.

Some 20,000 homes were destroyed in the region, Hossain said.

"We are estimating actual losses, but we don't expect huge casualties," he said.

The island of Saint Martins also sustained significant damage.