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The Home Ministry in Dhaka said several districts could still not be contacted as telephones and communications were cut and reports of casualties were confused.
Nahid Sultana, an official from the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management, confirmed the death toll and said it was likely to rise.
Many people are thought to have been killed as falling trees flattened fragile houses. In one case, an elderly man drowned when a small boat capsized, the AFP news agency reported.
More than 1,500 people are now known to have died after a powerful cyclone ripped through southern and central Bangladesh, officials have said.
The government announced that 1,595 bodies had been recovered so far and that the toll was expected to rise.
Rescuers are trying to reach hundreds of thousands of survivors but debris and floods are hampering their efforts.
Cyclone Sidr destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes, brought down power lines and wiped out vital crops.
A huge relief operation is under way but the true extent of the destruction is only now emerging, the BBC's Mark Dummett in Dhaka reports.
Authorities put the death toll from Cyclone Sidr at 2,300.
However, Bangladesh's Red Crescent society says up to 10,000 may have died and Red Cross officials say almost one million families have been affected.
Cyclone Sidr, which struck late on Thursday, brought winds of up to 240km/h (150mph) and a tidal surge of several metres.
It destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes, brought down power lines and wiped out vital crops.
Tens of thousands of survivors are now struggling for basic necessities like tents, rice and drinking water.
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