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Hurricane Season 2006: Mala (Indian Ocean)
Image of Tropical Cyclone Mala

Tropical Cyclone Mala slammed Myanmar's Ayeyarwaddy delta, the west coast and the outskirts of the capital city of Yangon Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2006. Mala packed 150 mph sustained winds, which is a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra satellite on April 28, 2006, at 10:05 a.m. local time (04:05 UTC). At the time of this image, the storm had sustained winds of 130 mph winds. Mala, which means "a garland of flowers" in Bengali is reported to have killed four, injured more than 30 people, destroyed hundreds of houses, five factories and two beach resorts. Credit: NASA/GSFC/MODIS Rapid Response Team