Published: May 30,2017
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.
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A boat carries people from a ship to shore, before the expected landfall of Tropical Cyclone Mora in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Monday, May 29,2017. Bangladesh is bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up.
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.
Nur Ahmed, a public official at Saint Martins, said many homes were flattened by the strong winds. Meanwhile, some 8,000 residents were evacuated to storm shelters and hotels.
Some 300,000 people were moved to more than 1,000 shelters set up for evacuees in more than ten districts most at risk by the cyclone, government officials told the Associated Press on Monday, and more than 20,000 volunteers were ready to aid people moving from the at-risk areas.
Although the system is now inland, heavy rain will continue, which could cause flooding and mudslides in Bangladesh, northeast India and western Myanmar, Dolce said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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