SHOTLIST:

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

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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."

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