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Bangladesh on alert over cyclone in Bay of Bengal

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh’s southern coastal region have directed local officials to begin preparations in case a cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal hits the area where about 1 million Rohingya refugees live in squalid camps.

Cyclone Titli is moving toward the coast of Andhra and Odisha in India, but Bangladesh’s Meteorological Department on Wednesday advised ports in the country to stay alert.

A cautionary signal 4 was announced for ports in Bangladesh, which means they could be affected by the storm.

Officials in Cox’s Bazar met Wednesday to prepare plans for the sprawling refugee camps where the Rohingya Muslims live after fleeing army-led violence in neighboring Myanmar.

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