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Six dead as cyclone batters Bangladesh

By South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel, Thursday May 16, 2013 - 23:46 EST

At least six people have been killed by a cyclone that is battering Bangladesh and appears to be on the way to neighbouring Myanmar.

Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh bringing 90kmph winds, heavy rain and a storm surge to low-lying communities.

More than 800,000 Bangladeshis were evacuated from the path of the storm.

There is now serious concern for the safety of 140,000 displaced people who are living in tented camps on the west coast of Myanmar.

Mostly Rohingya Muslims, they were displaced by religious violence between Buddhists and Muslims last year.

Government attempts to move them from the high-risk area have been described as chaotic and inadequate.

Some have refused to move due to distrust of authorities.

There are also reports of people being evacuated selectively by the military with others left to fend for themselves.


© ABC 2013

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