Cyclone Mahasen weakened Thursday afternoon into a tropical storm and then dissipated, causing far less damage than had been feared as it passed over Bangladesh and spared Burma almost entirely, meteorologists said. At least 45 deaths related to Mahasen were reported in Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka, but officials had prepared for a far greater storm.
May 17, 2013
A woman tries to retrieve her belongings after her house in Kuakata, Bangladesh, was destroyed by Cyclone Mahasen. The storm buffeted Bangladesh's low-lying coast Thursday but has since dissipated. There were at least 45 deaths reported in Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka. Officials had prepared for a far bigger storm.