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Bangladesh Cleans Up After Cyclone

Bangladeshis rest at a cyclone shelter center ahead before Cyclone Mahasen made landfall in Chittagong, Bangladesh, May 16, 2013.
Bangladeshis rest at a cyclone shelter center ahead before Cyclone Mahasen made landfall in Chittagong, Bangladesh, May 16, 2013.
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Bangladesh began cleaning up Friday in the aftermath of Cyclone Mahasen.

Mahasen has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves into northeastern India.

On Thursday, Cyclone Mahasen struck Bangladesh, forcing the evacuation of a million people and causing dozens of casualties before weakening over land into a tropical storm.

Authorities say the storm killed at least 14 people in Bangladesh, after bearing down on the ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar.

The cyclone caused minimal damage in neighboring Burma. But the French news agency reported that authorities found the bodies of 22 Muslim Rohingya from Burma who were missing since their boat capsized Monday as they fled the oncoming cyclone. A police official told AFP those bodies were discovered on a beach near the Burmese border.

Mahasen, which languished over the Bay of Bengal for several days, has triggered fears of widespread damage. The United Nations warned that millions of people could face life-threatening situations.

Officials say tens of thousands of people sought refuge in evacuation shelters.

  • A vehicle moves internally displaced Rohingya to a safer place ahead of Cyclone Mahasen at a camp outside of Sittwe, Burma, May 16, 2013.
  • Internally displaced Rohingyas wait on a truck to leave their camp Sittwe, Burma, May 16, 2013.
  • Internally displaced Rohingya people take shelter in a building ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Burma, May 15, 2013.
  • Soldiers wait to help people move to safe location at a Rohingya internally displaced person camp outside of Sittwe, Burma, May 15, 2013.
  • An internally displaced Rohingya woman walks carrying a sibling in a makeshift camp in Sittwe, Burma, May 14, 2013.
  • Internally displaced Rohingya boys shiver in rain in a makeshift camp for Rohingya people in Sittwe, Burma, May 14, 2013.
  • Novice Buddhist monks play in the sea in Sittwe, Burma ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, May 14, 2013.
  • Thandawli villagers stand by the bank of a river in a camp for Rohingya internally displaced persons outside Sittwe, Burma, May 14, 2013.
  • A Rakhine Buddhist woman and her child take in a monastery because of the arrival of the Cyclone Mahasen, Sittwe, Burma, May 14, 2013.
  • Lightning is seen over the Sule pagoda and the former city hall of Rangoon, Burma, May 13, 2013.

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