The full horror of the devastation in Bangladesh from last week’s cyclone has emerged over the weekend. The death toll, now well above 2,000, could rise to five times that number, according to the chief of the Red Cresent. Thousands have been left homeless and many more are missing.
Amid the destruction, flooded waters carry bodies from upstream. Naval ships and helicopters are trying to reach thousands of people stranded on islands in the Bay of Bengal and in coastal areas still cut off by the storm.
A huge effort is underway to get food, drinking water and shelter to the tens of thousands affected by the cyclone, the worst in Bangladesh since 1991 when nearly 143,000 people died.