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November 19, 2007
Bangladesh Cyclone Death Toll now at 15,000
International aid agencies are saying the death toll from the Bangladesh cyclone will top 15,000 with more than a million made homeless:
An international relief effort, supported by donations from the UN, Britain, US and Europe, was slowly grinding into gear yesterday as the International Red Cross estimated 900,000 families had been affected. The US has dispatched two warships from the nearby Bay of Bengal to help with rescue and relief efforts, air lifing supplies to the disaster area.
Previous cyclones killed 500,000 people in 1970 and 143,000 in 1991 - however local officials said the impact would now fall on the many survivors.
In the worst affected districts, 90 per cent of homes and 95 per cent of rice crops and valuable prawn farms were obliterated by the winds, which generated a 20ft tidal surge that swept everything from its path.