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Cyclone Mocha

At least six people were killed as Cyclone Mocha moved over Myanmar and Bangladesh yesterday, triggering floods and landslides and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying coastal areas. Officials expect the death toll to rise as search and rescue efforts get underway.

The system is the second-most powerful storm recorded in the Bay of Bengal. Measurements suggest it reached the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds near 175 miles per hour, before weakening slightly ahead of landfall. Footage shared on social media from landfall included a toppled radio tower.

The Bangladeshi city of Cox's Bazar—home to an estimated 1 million Rohingya refugees—was reportedly spared the worst of the storm as the center of Mocha's path passed by to the east.

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