Communication services in Rakhine province were disrupted in some areas as a major telecom tower was felled by strong winds as the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Mocha made a landfall along the western coastline of Myanmar near Sittwe. Mobile phone connection has been lost in Sittwe, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya and other areas in the northern Rakhine area.
The official government of Myanmar TV network mitv reported trees were uprooted, lamp posts collapsed and buildings were damaged in Ayeyawady, Bago and Yangon Regions due to the strong wind and heavy rain, caused by the Cyclone Mocha.
The Myanmar authorities have launched a massive emergency plan as it brings strong winds and rain along with the threat of flooding and landslides.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Myanmar reports that more than 1 lakh people in Rakhine moved to designated evacuation shelters over the past days.
Myanmar’s meteorological department said that wind speeds of up to 120 miles per hour are expected in Rakhine coastal areas over the next 24 hours, while tides could rise up to 20 feet.
Many parts of Myanmar are facing strong winds and heavy rain due to the impact of cyclone Mocha. (AIR NEWS)