Cyclone Mahasen
A girl from the Thandawli village shelters herself from the rain in a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine stateReuters

Cyclonic storm Mahasen has moved from Bangladesh hitting the the Northeastern states with heavy rains and strong winds on Thursday.

The Assam Government was the first to issue the cyclone alert, with the State Inland Water Transport shutting down all the ferry services on the Brahmaputra waters for three days.

According to Regional Meterology Centre (RMC), Mahsen is likely to cause heavy showers in southern Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland for 36 hours along with strong winds ranging at 55 to 75kmp per hour.

A MET official bulletin confirmed, "Damage is expected over south Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland," adding, "Damage to thatched huts. Breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines also expected."

The Mizoram government issuing precautionary warnings and declared all education institutions to remain closed.

Meanwhile, Ram Muivah, Principal Secretary (Relief and Disaster Management) of Mizoram government, said that in view of the storm precautionary measures - such as providing each district with a sum of ₹15 lakh for the emergency relief of food and shelter to victims - have been taken

The cyclone threat warned people against venturing into the fields and farms till the time cyclone passes over. Dispruptions in electricity are expected with heavy winds possibly leading to felling of trees.

The cyclone created havoc on Bangladesh on Thursday, after it touched down on coastal areas and inundated major areas.

The storm claimed 4 lives in Bangladesh and in Burma. There were reports of a boat carrying 50 displaced refugees being missing.  

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