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Fears of 10,000 dead in Bangladesh

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Fears of 10,000 dead in Bangladesh


Officals at the Red Crescent aid organisation now fear 10,000 people have lost their lives in Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr.

The clean-up continues, but is still hampered by the devastation the cyclone wrought on the country’s transport network.

Also of concern is the coastal Sunderbans mangrove reserve, the world’s largest. Many of its rare plant and animal species may have been wiped out by the giant waves and 250-kilometre per hour winds.

The number of uprooted trees also means it may no longer be able to lessen the effects of the region’s regular cyclones, so future storms could be worse.

For many, helicopters are still the only source of aid meaning supplies are limited. It is now a race against time to distribute water, food, and medicines before the disaster claims more victims.

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