posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 04:11 AM
Two tornadoes have swept through the northern region of Bangladesh and have killed over twenty-eight people. The tornadoes have also injured up to six
hundred people, leaving many homeless. Woman and children were also among those who were killed. The tornado struck late on Sunday night and was soon
followed by a second tornado which swept through Rangpur district, killing at least three people and injuring over one hundred.
A second tornado swept through neighbouring Rangpur district. The tornadoes blew away or levelled thousands of trees and electricity poles plunging
villages into darkness and hampering rescue work, said Mahbubul Islam, a journalist in Rangpur.
"Many villagers, including children, have suffered cuts and bruises from the collapsing debris," Islam said after visiting an affected village.
The twisters struck when many villagers were either asleep or preparing to eat dinner.
In Gaibandha, rescuers recovered 18 bodies from the debris of collapsed homes and trees, while seven injured people died en route to hospital, the
reports said. The deaths in Rangpur were also caused by collapsing houses, the reports said.
Many of the injured were taken to hospitals, while some received first-aid treatment from health workers at tornado-hit areas.
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In Bangladesh tropical storms are common, but always a tragedy when lives are lost and people are injured. Hopefully aid will be sent immediately and
a rescue effort will be put underway. Government officials have not commented on the situation yet.
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