Half a mil­lion flee as Cy­clone Roanu hits Bangladesh

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Dhaka: Cy­clone Roanu bat­tered the coast of south­ern Bangladesh on Satur­day, forc­ing half a mil­lion peo­ple to flee their homes and leav­ing 23 peo­ple dead in floods and rain-trig­gered land­slides. Au­thor­i­ties in low-ly­ing Bangladesh took more than 500,000 peo­ple into shel­ters as the cy­clone made land­fall just af­ter mid­day lo­cal time, pack­ing winds as strong as 88km per hour. The cy­clone dam­aged tens of thou­sands of mud-and-tin houses in the im­pov­er­ished south­ern dis­tricts, with many low-ly­ing vil­lages in­un­dated by a storm surge that swelled up to seven feet (two me­tres) high. Al Jazeera’s Tan­vir Chowd­hury, re­port­ing from the cap­i­tal, Dhaka, said the dam­age was ex­pected to “be far worse”. Al Jazeera.

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