Half a million flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh
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.