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Before-and-after images show devastation of deadly Cyclone Mocha

The destruction caused by Cyclone Mocha is evident in these before-and-after photos.

According to the meteorological department of Myanmar, a powerful cyclone landed in Rakhine State near Sittwe with winds speeds up to 130mph .

The number of deaths has not been independently verified in Myanmar , a country ruled by the military after a coup in 2021.

The state media, tightly controlled by the military regime, has reported that Mocha is responsible for around 20 deaths and hundreds more injuries.


Residents of western Rakhine State, where a large number of Rohingya Muslim live, have reported that at least 100 people are dead and that many others are missing.

See the impact of the destruction in Sittwe by scrolling through the before and after pictures. Homes have been destroyed, rooftops have collapsed, and public buildings have suffered damage.

The area has been declared as a natural disaster region. According to reports, up to 90% of the city was destroyed.

Other images show the remains of a coastal bridge and road covered with seawater and debris thrown up by the storm.

Photos from the town show that roads and paths were blocked in the aftermath of cyclone.

Images show Sittwe University, a technical institution focusing on science and technology.

Pictures show that there are a few buildings with roofs that have collapsed and windows that have been blown out on campus.

Other images show an old lighthouse that remains as a historic landmark unharmed, but a number buildings surrounding it look damaged.

This storm is the worst since Cyclone Nargis, which swept through southern Myanmar in 2008, killing more than 140,000 people.

Before the cyclone hit the coast, thousands of people in Rakhine State were evacuated and moved to shelters.

The military government of Myanmar has provided little help to the Rohingya refugees in camps.

The Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who were living in the largest refugee camp on earth in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District, were relocated to safer areas while Cyclone Mocha was passing. This could have saved thousands of lives.

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, said that more than 700 000 people had been moved into cyclone shelters and temporary facilities such as schools and mosques.

Rescuers rescued about 1,000 people on Monday from a seawater depth of 3.6 meters (12 ft) along the western Myanmar coast.


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