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Cyclone Mahasen in Northeast Sri Lanka

On the morning of 16 May 2013, cyclonic storm Mahasen made landfall in Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh moved forward to the northeast away from Myanmar, weakened and dissipated on 17 May. Relevant storm tracking sites stopped tracking the weather system once it moved over northern Bangladesh early on 17 May. 7 deaths were reported by the Government of Sri Lanka. The Government of Bangladesh reported 14 deaths, 65 injured persons. Myanmar was spared much impact from the cyclone, since the storm took a more westerly track than anticipated. Cyclone Mahasen was weakened in its strength from category 3 to tropical storm, category 1. Assessments indicate that there is no significant damage; however there are localized pockets of flooding which may see limited needs for provision of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and temporary shelter to people who have been affected. Most of the deaths were caused due to trees falling or homes collapsing as noted.