Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh- 16 May 2013
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1. Wide of Cox's Bazar street
2. Wide of flooded huts, people in waist-deep water
3. Wide of flood waters
4. Mid of people gathering fallen palm tree branches
5. Wide of people in evacuation shelter
6. Wide of children in shelter
7. Wide of people lying on ground in shelter
8. Mid of same
9. Wide of flood waters
10. Close of rushing water
11. Wide of people standing with umbrellas
12. Wide of trees blowing in wind
13. Close of same
14. Wide of boats in harbor
15. Mid of flood waters
16. Wide of people, animals on muddy road
17. Wide of people with umbrellas
18. Close of feet walking through rushing water
AN EERIE CALM IN BANGLADESH AFTER A CYCLONE STRIKES THE SOUTHERN COAST.
HEAVY RAINS WASHED OUT MUD AND STRAW HUTS, AND FIERCE WINDS UPROOTED TREES.
TENS OF THOUSANDS IN THE RESORT TOWN OF COX'S BAZAR PACKED STORM SHELTERS, HOTELS, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES.
MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE EVACUATED THE COAST IN TOTAL.
AT LEAST 45 DEATHS RELATED TO THE STORM WERE REPORTED IN BANGLADESH, MYANMAR AND SRI LANKA... BUT OFFICIALS HAD PREPARED FOR A FAR GREATER STORM.
THE STORM QUICKLY WEAKENED AS IT MOVED INLAND AND VEERED AWAY FROM MAJOR POPULATION CENTERS.
IT ALSO STRUCK DURING LOW TIDE, SPARING THE COAST FROM A MAJOR TIDAL SURGE.
ONE LOCAL OFFICIAL TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS--- "THANK GOD WE'VE BEEN SPARED... THIS TIME."