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In pictures: Rohingya refuse to flee Cyclone Mahasen

May 15, 2013

Nasa Terra satellite image, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), shows Cyclone Mahasen in the Bay of Bengal on May 14. AFP Photo
Nasa Terra satellite image, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), shows Cyclone Mahasen in the Bay of Bengal on May 14. AFP Photo
A Rohingya child eats breakfast inside a relief tent. Soe Than Win / AFP Photo
A Rohingya child eats breakfast inside a relief tent. Soe Than Win / AFP Photo
Rohingya children pump water. The United Nations has warned that more than eight million people could be at risk from Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall tomorrow or Friday somewhere near the border between the two countries.Soe Than Win /???
Rohingya children pump water. The United Nations has warned that more than eight million people could be at risk from Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall tomorrow or Friday somewhere near the border between the two countries.Soe Than Win /???
Around 140,000 people have been living in cramped tents and makeshift shelters in Rakhine state since last year, when two outbreaks of sectarian violence between the Muslim minority and ethnic Rahkine Buddhists forced many Rohingya from their homes.
Around 140,000 people have been living in cramped tents and makeshift shelters in Rakhine state since last year, when two outbreaks of sectarian violence between the Muslim minority and ethnic Rahkine Buddhists forced many Rohingya from their homes.
Outside the state capital of Sittwe, one community of several hundred Rohingya refused to budge, despite coaxing from soldiers. Soe Than Win / AFP Photo
Outside the state capital of Sittwe, one community of several hundred Rohingya refused to budge, despite coaxing from soldiers. Soe Than Win / AFP Photo
In Bangladesh, the situation is different. old hundreds of thousands of people living in low-lying areas to move to cyclone shelters. Here a fisherman anchors his boat in Chittagong, Bangladesh. AM Ahad / AP Photo
In Bangladesh, the situation is different. old hundreds of thousands of people living in low-lying areas to move to cyclone shelters. Here a fisherman anchors his boat in Chittagong, Bangladesh. AM Ahad / AP Photo
The cyclone appeared to have lost some of its strength as it churned northwards through the Bay of Bengal, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement released last night. AM Ahad / AP Photo
The cyclone appeared to have lost some of its strength as it churned northwards through the Bay of Bengal, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement released last night. AM Ahad / AP Photo
Cyclone Mahasen was classified as the lowest-level category one on a one-to-five scale and packing winds of up to 88 kilometres per hour at its centre, Shamsuddin Ahmed, deputy chief of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said. Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Cyclone Mahasen was classified as the lowest-level category one on a one-to-five scale and packing winds of up to 88 kilometres per hour at its centre, Shamsuddin Ahmed, deputy chief of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said. Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Many members of the displaced Rohingya minority living in refugee camps have refused to leave, distrustful of Myanmar authorities. Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Many members of the displaced Rohingya minority living in refugee camps have refused to leave, distrustful of Myanmar authorities. Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Internally displaced Rohingya people stand outside their makeshift tent in a camp for Rohingya people in Sittwe. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are refusing to flee to safety as Cyclone Mahasen approaches. Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Internally displaced Rohingya people stand outside their makeshift tent in a camp for Rohingya people in Sittwe. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are refusing to flee to safety as Cyclone Mahasen approaches.  Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Inside the camp, cycle rickshaw driver U Kyaung Wa said his people were tired of being ordered around by Myanmar authorities. First, he said, they were forced to move into the camps because they were Rohingya. Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
Inside the camp, cycle rickshaw driver U Kyaung Wa said his people were tired of being ordered around by Myanmar authorities. First, he said, they were forced to move into the camps because they were Rohingya. Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo
"When we told them the storm was coming, they didn't believe us," said army Lt Lin Lin. "They're still refusing to move." Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
'When we told them the storm was coming, they didn't believe us,' said army Lt Lin Lin. 'They're still refusing to move.'  Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
a category one storm it "could unleash a storm surge of up to two metres high in the low-lying coastal areas" and create damage in other areas, Mr Ahmed said. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
a category one storm it 'could unleash a storm surge of up to two metres high in the low-lying coastal areas' and create damage in other areas, Mr Ahmed said.  Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
Experts say Bangladesh is better prepared to handle cyclones than authorities across the border in Rakhine. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
Experts say Bangladesh is better prepared to handle cyclones than authorities across the border in Rakhine. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
"Now they say, `You have to move because of the storm,"' he said. "We keep refusing to go ... If they point guns at us, only then will we move." Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
'Now they say, `You have to move because of the storm,'' he said. 'We keep refusing to go ... If they point guns at us, only then will we move.' Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
Mr Min said the Myanmar government doesn't want to see them die and will move them under the law of protection from natural disasters. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
Mr Min said the Myanmar government doesn't want to see them die and will move them under the law of protection from natural disasters. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters