Cyclone Mocha death toll rises to 81 in Myanmar

Cyclone Mocha death toll rises to 81 in Myanmar

Nearby, Aa Bul Hu Son, 66, said prayers at the grave of his daughter, whose body was recovered on Tuesday morning.

“I wasn’t in good health before the cyclone, so we were delayed in moving to another place,” he told AFP.

“While we were thinking about moving, the waves came immediately and took us.”

“I just found her body in the lake in the village and buried her right away. I can’t find any words to express my loss.”

Other residents walked the seashore searching for family members swept away by a storm surge that accompanied the cyclone, AFP correspondents said.

Nine people died in Dapaing camp for displaced Rohingya near Sittwe, its leader told AFP, adding the camp was cut off and lacked supplies.

“People cannot come to our camp because bridges are broken… we need help,” he said.

One person was killed in Ohn Taw Chay village and six in Ohn Taw Gyi, local leaders and officials told AFP.

State media had reported five deaths on Monday, without offering details.

Mocha was the most powerful cyclone to hit the area in more than a decade, churning up villages, uprooting trees and knocking out communications across much of Rakhine state.

China said it was “willing to provide emergency disaster relief assistance”, according to a statement on its embassy in Myanmar’s Facebook page.