Bangladesh Starts Evacuating People as Cyclone Set for Landfall

Bangladesh started evacuating people from some coastal areas as Cyclone Mahasen was set to make landfall tomorrow morning.

About 15,000 people were asked to leave their homes in the tourist area of Cox’s Bazar, while the local administration set up 534 emergency shelters in the region prone to cyclonic storms, Ruhul Amin, deputy commissioner of the district, told reporters today.

The nation’s meteorological department has issued a level 7 alert for Cox’s Bazar and the port city of Chittagong as the cyclone was positioned 755 kilometers (470 miles) southwest of Chittagong. The scale of severity is 1 to 11, with the latter being the worst.

Authorities have suspended all loading and unloading at the port, Syed Farhad Uddin Ahmed, a spokesman for Chittagong Port Authority, said in a phone interview.

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