Cyclone Aila toll in Bangladesh rises to 121

May 27th, 2009 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, May 27 (IANS) The death toll from Cyclone Aila rose to 121 in Bangladesh as thousands of people in coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal in both Bangladesh and India were marooned.
The storm that ripped through the south-western coast Monday has left at least 32 people dead in Satkhira, 25 in Noakhali, 20 in Khulna, 13 in Bhola, nine in Barisal, seven in Patuakhali, six in Laxmipur, two each in Bagerhat and Cox’s Bazar, and one in Magura, according to reports from the affected areas.

Besides, two people in Chapainawabganj and one each in Natore and Lalmonirhat are among the cyclone fatalities, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency said.

The food and disaster management ministry, however, put the body count at 91, The Daily Star said Wednesday.

Cyclone Aila also battered coastal West Bengal in India Monday, especially South 24 Parganas district, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The cyclone left 82 people dead in India and affected more than 400,000 others.

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