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At least six people were killed as Cyclone Mora slammed the Bangladesh coastlines after making landfall in the country’s southeastern region on Tuesday morning.

Bangladeshis carry their belongings and walk homewards after spending a night at a shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. A tropical storm lashed southern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least three people and destroying thousands of poorly built homes in some remote islands in the Bay of Bengal, officials said. (AP Photo) Manila Bulletin

An official of Bangladesh’s National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) told Xinhua Tuesday night that the cyclone caused the deaths of six people in two districts as it erased most houses, crops and infrastructure.

According to the official, four people died in Cox’s Bazar district, some 292 km southeast of capital Dhaka, and two in southeastern Rangamati district, some 293 km away of capital Dhaka

The official feared that there could be more casualties.

Many Bangladesh coasts have been battered by ferocious winds with speed up to 135 kph, which uprooted trees and homes, ripped roofs off buildings and caused widespread power and water outages.

Dozens of villages in the districts have reportedly been flooded and many susceptible houses have been damaged fully or partially.

Due to very heavy rainfall, Bangladesh Disaster Ministry’s Additional Secretary, Golam Mostafa told journalists Tuesday that 468,000 people have been evacuated or sought safe shelter before the storm hit the Bangladesh coast from the Bay of Bengal on Monday afternoon.

The great danger signal No. 10 has been sounded for all the districts and ports where fishing boats, trawlers and maritime vessels over the north bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

Television footage showed widespread devastation in coastal areas of Cox’s Bazaar, Chittagong and other districts.

The cyclone, which is now heading towards India, has weakened since Tuesday when it battered the coastal regions of Bangladesh.

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