Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bangladesh, Myanmar on cyclone alert

HUNDREDS of thousands of people in Bangladesh and Myanmar have been ordered to move to safety as a cyclone barrelled towards low-lying coastal areas.

The United Nations has warned that more than eight million people could be at risk from Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday or Friday somewhere near the border between the two countries.

Bangladesh told hundreds of thousands of people living in low-lying areas to move to cyclone shelters, while Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) announced plans to move about 166,000 people at risk on its northwest coast.