Natural Disaster Alert: Cyclone Mocha – May 12, 2023

U.S. Embassy in Myanmar
Natural Disaster Alert – May 12, 2023 

EVENT: The Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology reported that Cyclone Mocha is approximately 520 nautical miles southwest of Sittwe and continues to move north toward the Rakhine coast toward Kyaukphyu.  Rain is already affecting parts of Ayeyarwaddy, Yangon, and Rakhine and is expected to hit other parts of the country within the next two days.   

Under cyclonic conditions, please be aware of strong winds, heavy rains, flash floods, and landslides in the hilly areas and near small rivers.   

Actions to Take: 

  • Monitor the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology website and local and social media news for updates. 
  • Exercise extreme caution if you live within the affected areas. 
  • Ensure you have food and necessary supplies to last seven days. 
  • Secure your homes (consider covering windows, anchor loose outdoor objects, etc). 
  • Charge all cell phones and battery packs. 
  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible in the event of immediate or emergency travel. 
  • Review your personal safety and security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. 
  • Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis. 


For Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Rangoon 

(+95) (1) 753-6509 

Embassy website 


Department of State – Consular Affairs 

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444  

Burma Country Information 

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