INTRODUCTION: Bangladesh -- notorious for the violence of its storms and floods -- has been hit twice within four days by cyclonic winds.
GV PAN Woman with child leaves damaged building
GV PAN Damaged buildings
GV TILT DOWN & GV PAN Damaged mosque (2 shots)
GV PAN Damaged houses
GV Mosque ruins
GV Uprooted and stripped trees
GV Debris by side of pond
SVs & GV PAN Corrugated iron lodged in trees (3 shots)
GV Pieces of iron lying on ground
CUs Children crying (3 shots)
SV Three men injured
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Bangladesh -- notorious for the violence of its storms and floods -- has been hit twice within four days by cyclonic winds. At least 165 people died and many more were injured or left homeless in the storms which struck the eastern district of Noakhali on April 12 and 15.
SYNOPSIS: This was all that was left of one of thirty villages in the Feni subdistrict after the second of the two storms had passed through them.
Thirteen people died in the ruins of what had once been a mosque. Official figures put the deaths in the first storm at 65; in the second, another hundred. But at the time the count was made, many people had not yet been accounted for; and it was feared that there could be up to a hundred more bodies still buried under the wreckage. Improvised hospitals were opened to treat the injured.
The storm also did severe damaged to the countryside. Many head of cattle were killed; the paddy fields suffered badly. Farming and food production in the area are bound to be affected for some time to come.
An illustration of the ferocity of the wind, which is estimated to have reached a speed of 240 kilometres (150 miles) an hour. These cyclones are a regular feature of the tropical monsoon climate of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta.
President Ziaur Rahman has promised the survivors who suffered from the storm that they will get official help in rebuilding their homes.