Cyclone Mahasen

Cyclone Mahasen a 'dress rehearsal' for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

A Rakhine girl offers food to a Buddhist monk at the Min Gan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar's Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people - mainly Rohingya Muslims - displaced by sectarian unrest last year that claimed about 200 lives and saw whole villages razed.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 12:52am

Cyclone 'could delay' Myanmar president's landmark state visit to US

Thein Sein

Myanmar President Thein Sein's landmark state visit to the United States could be delayed because of a cyclone threatening to strike his country's northwest coast.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:43pm

Cyclone Mahasen triggers mass evacuations in Bangladesh, Myanmar

A Rohingya woman and her child walk in front of tents at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh and Myanmar were ordered on Wednesday to move to safety as a cyclone barrelled towards low-lying coastal areas.

16 May 2013 - 12:38am

Dozens of Rohingya feared drowned off Myanmar after fleeing storm

Police officers walk in the rain as they guard a Rohingya internally displaced persons camp outside of Sittwe. Photo: Reuters

Fifty-eight Rohingya Muslims are missing after their boat capsized off the Myanmar coast as they tried to flee a looming cyclone, state media reported on Tuesday.

15 May 2013 - 2:09am

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Myanmar in path of cyclone

A camp in Rakhine state where displaced Rohingya live. Photo: AFP

Myanmar started moving people into emergency shelters as a cyclone threatened to batter a violence-wracked region home to tens of thousands of internal refugees.

About 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in flimsy tents or makeshift housing are seen as particularly vulnerable to Cyclone Mahasen, which was gathering strength in the Bay of Bengal.

13 May 2013 - 4:32am