Cyclone Mora damaged or destroyed 20,000 houses in Burma

Cyclone Mora destroyed a total of 4,702 houses and caused damage to 13,595 homes in Arakan State, Chin State and Irrawaddy Division, according to a statement yesterday from Burma’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

Official figures also say that 325 schools, 32 office buildings and 57 religious buildings were completely destroyed, while 429 non-residential buildings were partly damaged. A total of 23 hospitals and clinics, 23 governmental buildings, three bridges, 38 utility poles and 22 motorboats were also damaged by the cyclone, the ministry said.

According to the statement, the highest level of destruction was in Maungdaw, northwestern Arakan State.

A tropical storm that came inland from the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Mora made landfall in the early hours of 30 May, leaving a trail of destruction across Arakan and Chin states.

The cyclone also caused chaos when it lashed down on Rohingya refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh.

Despite the widespread devastation, no deaths were reported.