Five dead, thousands flee as Cyclone Roanu nears Bangladesh

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DHAKA: Cyclone Roanu was poised to make landfall in southern Bangladesh Saturday, as strong winds and heavy downpours unleashed by the storm left five people dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. Officials said the cyclone was expected to hit the Bangladesh coast around 12:00 p.m. local time (0600 GMT) packing winds of 88 kilometers (54 miles) per hour. Authorities took 60,000 people to cyclone shelters following a warning that an expected storm surge of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) could flood villages and towns along the coast. “It will make the landfall between the Barisal and Chittagong coast,” Ruhul Quddus, a forecaster in the government’s meteorological department told Agence France-Presse. “The peripheral wind of the cyclone has already hit the coastal areas.”

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