Cyclone Mocha: 'Mocha', the third most powerful storm after 82, wind of more than 260 km

Tarun KohliPublish Date: 15 May, 2023

Cyclone Mocha struck the Bay of Bengal on May 13. This is, according to meteorologists and climate experts, the Bay of Bengal's fastest-hitting storm since 1982. Due to its 260 kilometre per hour ferocity, Bangladesh and Myanmar's beaches suffered significant damage. A cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal earlier in 1997 at a speed of 212 km. While Cyclone Amfan had a speed of 265 km in the year 2020.

As the hurricane made landfall in Bangladesh's largest refugee camp, which is home to almost a million Rohingya refugees who fled neighbouring Myanmar years earlier, at least three individuals were confirmed dead. Security personnel evacuated tens of thousands of people from Bangladesh and Myanmar in anticipation of widespread disaster.

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