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Bangladesh orders evacuation as cyclone nears coast

Published on May 15, 2013 2:43 PM
 
Fishing boats are tied up in the harbour of Chittagong on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 during preparations for the expected arrival of Cyclone Mahasen. Bangladesh on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people as forecasters said a cyclonic storm would hit low-lying coastal areas by early on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) - Bangladesh on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people as forecasters said a cyclonic storm would hit low-lying coastal areas by early on Thursday.

"We've ordered people in low-lying river shoal areas to evacuate to cyclone shelters," Chittagong government administrator Mohammad Abdullah told AFP, saying several hundred thousand people were covered by the order.