Death toll in Bangladesh cyclonic storm crosses 1,500

November 17th, 2007 - 10:48 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, Nov 17 (ANI): Close to 1600 people have died in the devastating cyclonic storm in Bangladesh, as rescue teams on Saturday managed to reach far flung areas that had remained cut off from the rest of the country, after cyclone ‘Sidr’ made a landfall here late on Thursday night.
The government has put the toll figure at 1,595 and is apprehensive that it could rise further.
The local news channels reported that the toll could reach 2000, as reporters narrated a horrific picture of bodies littered in fields in the coastal belt of the country, which was lashed by the 250-kmph stormy winds.
Rescuers are trying to reach hundreds of thousands of survivors but debris and floods are hampering their efforts. A huge relief operation is under way but the true extent of the destruction is only now emerging, reported the BBC.
Military helicopters and ships have joined the rescue efforts today by delivering food supplies and medical assistance in some of the unreachable coastal areas of the country.
The country, which is prone to cyclonic storms arising from the Bay of Bengal, had never experienced such wide-scale since 1991 when a cyclone had left some 143,000 people dead. (ANI)

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