Heavy rainfall, thunderstorm follow as Cyclone Mocha wreaks havoc in western Myanmar
Location Maungdaw, Rakhine, western Myanmar. Date: 2023-05-14
Cyclone Mocha has brought about an unprecedented disaster as it hit Maungdaw, a town in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The incident took place on May 14.
Horrifying visuals showed the cyclone wreaking havoc in this area. Severe winds lashed the place which was heavily flooded as well due to the continuous rainfall. People were seen running for cover as the strong winds blew away a shop. A vehicle, seemingly a cart, was seen being flown away by the flooded water on a road as the rainfall did not show any sign of either stopping or slowing down.
Strong winds upto 200 kmph have struck the coastal areas of both Myanmar and Bangladesh. According to a report, this storm also brought down a communication tower. Also, more reports have stated that two people have lost their lives due to a landslide. A man also said to have died after a tree fell on him during the cyclone. Rescue teams have been working hard to save people from this natural phenomenon as more than 4,000 people in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, were evacuated.
In Bangladesh, makeshift shelters in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. While there have been casualties reported in Myanmar, such has not been the case with Bangladesh. Flood due to continued rainfall has struck Bangladesh due to this cyclone, although no serious damage has been caused to the country. Ahead of the storm, around 7,50,000 people were evacuated by the authorities in Bangladesh.