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4/1/2007

Villagers die in Bangladesh storms

Filed under: bangladesh,global islands — admin @ 6:14 am

At least 10 people died and more than 200 were injured as tropical storms swept through southern Bangladesh, according to reports.

Several thousand villagers were left homeless following the downpours.

The storms levelled hundreds of houses in Bhola district, 65 miles south of the country’s capital of Dhaka, the United News of Bangladesh reported, quoting a local government official.

Rescuers recovered 10 bodies buried under the debris of collapsed houses, and dozens of injured were taken to a hospital, local television station ATN Bangla said.

The storms knocked down trees and electricity lines, plunging the affected areas into darkness and hampering rescue work.

Several thousand people were left homeless in dozens of farming villages, the TV station said.

Seasonal storms are common in Bangladesh, a tropical delta nation of 140 million people.

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