Maximum winds reached 110 mph as the storm approached the Bay of Bengal coast near the town of Kyaukpyu.
The TV report said that 4,000 structures had been heavily damaged or destroyed, and that tens of thousands of people had been displaced in the low-lying region.
Giri underwent explosive strengthening during the 24 hours prior to striking Myanmar. It intensified from tropical storm force to that of a Category-4 cyclone within a day.
In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis underwent similar intensification before it killed more than 130,000 people in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river delta.
Cyclone Giri Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS