Half a million flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

665003303001_4905345490001_4905104971001-vsCyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 23 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides.

Authorities in low-lying Bangladesh took more than 500,000 people into shelters as the cyclone made landfall just after midday local time (0600 GMT), packing winds as strong as 88km per hour.  Continue reading…

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