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Tropical storm kills 5 in Bangladesh

Most victims died when their homes collapsed
March 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A tropical storm killed at least five villagers Saturday in northeastern Bangladesh, an official said. The storm also leveled about 3,000 huts in four villages in the northeastern district of Sunamganj, said Mozammel Haq, a local Disaster Management and Relief Ministry official.

Most of the victims died when their bamboo and tin homes collapsed on them, Haq said.

Sunamganj district is 110 miles northeast of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.

Pre-monsoon storms, accompanied by high winds and lightning, are common at this time of year in the South Asian country.

 

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