(ISLAMABAD) -- A powerful cyclone is battering a wide stretch of South Asia and could bring "life-threatening" conditions to millions of people, the United Nations warns.
Cyclone Mahasen made landfall Thursday morning, hitting the southern coast of Bangladesh with strong winds and heavy rains.
The U.N. says more than eight million people are in the cyclone's path in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. Many live in low-lying farms and villages vulnerable to flooding.
In Myanmar, tens of thousands of the country's minority Rohyngya community have refused mandatory evacuation orders, afraid they won't be allowed to return to their homes after the storm has passed.
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