A cyclone hit southern Bangladesh late Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of coastal residents.
Weather forecasters say Cyclone Bijli brought heavy rain and wind gusts up to 90 kilometers an hour as it struck the ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar. Damage assessments were not immediately available, but no deaths have been reported.
More than 200,000 residents took refuge in shelters, and authorities ordered boats to stay in port.Officials say the storm is expected to head away from Bangladesh on Saturday and move towards Tripura state in eastern India, weakening gradually.
Authorities in neighboring Burma have issued a cyclone warning for the western coastal region and advised residents there to take precautions against an expected storm surge as high as two meters on Saturday.Storms batter the region every year.
At least 134,000 people were killed or reported missing after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma last year. In 2007, Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh's coastline, killing more than 3,500 people.