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Deadly tropical storm hits Bangladesh

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Deadly tropical storm hits Bangladesh


A category four tropical storm has hit the southwest coast of Bangladesh, killing at least 60 people. Winds of up to 240kph have whipped up waves causing flooding and structural damage. An estimated 600,000 people have been evacuated to inland temporary shelters, but that is only a fraction of the ten million Bangladeshis who live along the southern coast.

Cyclone Sidr is heading north towards the capital, Dhaka. Bangladesh, which is a low lying country, has been warned of possible tidal surges at least three metres high. The country has been hit by strong winds before -back in 1970 more than 500,000 people died. Since then a storm early-warning system has been put in place.

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