Disaster management official Qamar Hassan said the cyclone “did not cause significant damage” in Bangladesh, adding that authorities had evacuated 750,000 people before the storm.
Cyclone Mocha struck Myanmar and southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, causing no significant damage to the Rohingya refugee camps, but hit parts of western Myanmar, parts of which were cut off from communications.
At least five people were killed and hundreds injured in Myanmar, while more than 1,000 people were rescued who were trapped by sea water at a depth of 3.6 meters.
More than 700 people out of about 20,000 people suffered from the strong winds as they took shelter in more solid buildings in the highlands of Sittwe town such as monasteries, temples and schools, according to the RYC Sittwe chief. He asked not to be named for fear of reprisals from the authorities in the military-run country.
Mocha made landfall between Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and Sittwe in Myanmar, with winds of 195 kilometers per hour, the strongest storm to hit the Bay of Bengal in more than a decade.
Refugee commissioner Mizanur Rahman said that between 400 and 500 tents were damaged in camps housing about a million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The streets of the city of about 150,000 people turned into rivers with the arrival of the storm, which toppled roofs and downed electricity poles. Houses made of tarpaulins and bamboo were torn down by winds in a camp for the displaced Rohingya in Kyaukphu, Rakhine State, Myanmar.