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Cyclone Mala kills at least four people in Myanmar

Thirty-one others were injured as Cyclone Mala battered Myanmar's Ayeyarwaddy delta, its west coast and the outskirts of the capital.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 11:57 IST

Four people were killed and 31 injured as Cyclone Mala battered Myanmar's Ayeyarwaddy delta, its west coast and the outskirts of the capital, state-run media reported on Monday.

The tropical cyclone, packing winds of 240 kilometers an hour, slammed into Myanmar on Friday and Saturday destroying hundreds of houses, two beach resorts and at least five factories, the Kyemon daily and the International Federation of the Red Cross said.

Cyclones -- known as typhoons in much of East Asia and hurricanes in the Western hemisphere -- are large-scale rotating storms that generate high winds and typically form at sea before moving inland.

The Ayeyarwaddy river was formerly known as the Irrawaddy.