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Breaking News: Tropical Cyclone Hit Arakan Coastal Areas

By RVision Correspondent

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) — A tropical cyclone that hit Arakan coastal areas yesterday has been getting powerful with every passing hour, causing devastative floods and damaging homes.

The storm has been sustaining with gust over at a speed of 100 Kilometers per hour and getting stronger since it blew in yesterday. It has damaged homes; been blowing away the roofs of the homes; causing floods submerging homes and structures; and knocking out electricity power plants and trees and more.

It has hit the townships such as Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Punna Gyun, Minbya, Mrauk-U (Patthar Killa), Pauktaw,  Kyaukphyu and Sittwe (Akyab). Literally it is blowing all over Arakan coastal areas.

The shelters of the Internally Displaced People (IDP) at the camps in Sittwe and Pauktaw and in other places have been being submerged in the rising floods, blown over or destroyed. They are hardly receiving aids or shelters from the government rescue teams.

[Some strong winds and heavy rains began to cause floods in some of the above-mentioned townships of Arakan state earlier.]

The cyclone named ‘Komen’ has not only hit Myanmar’s coastal areas including Arakan but also hit the south-eastern coastal areas of Bangladesh.

The aftermaths of the storm may prove too destructive for the violence-hit Rohingyas who are already in a dire situation since the state-sponsored violence began in June 2012.

Update: Three people have been reported to have been missing in ‘Alay Than Kyaw- Kayin Tan’ village (Haisshurata Gojjondia) in southern Maungdaw, one has reportedly died.

Reports say that three Students and one teacher were severely injured after getting stuck in the school structure destroyed by the storm at ‘Thayet Oak (Maangala)’ village in northern Maungdaw. One of the three injured students later died in the Maungdaw General Hospital.

Stay with us for more updates. 

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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One Comment

  1. Faroque Shah Faroque Shah August 1, 2015

    We regret and pray for those Rohingya brothers affected by the Komen cyclone .
    At the same time it is important how to help those brothers affected in a legal way so that the relief mihgt not be rejected by the barbaric regime.It was astonishing while the cyclone nargis hit the Irrawadi and delta area last one decade back the regime refused the International Disaster Relief help to reach even the cyclone hit victim.The victims were all Buhdihst .But today in Arakan the victims are Muslims.It is necessary to take permissions from the Thein sein regime written permission prior reaching the aids to them.This should be done by the Rohingya MPs .

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