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Bangladesh Cyclone Killed More than 1,600 People


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DHAKA (Reuters) - Military ships and helicopters were trying on Saturday to reach thousands of survivors of a super cyclone that killed more than 1,600 people and pummeled impoverished Bangladesh with mighty winds and waves.

Cyclone Sidr smashed into the country's southern coastline late on Thursday night with 250 kph (155 mph) winds that whipped up a five meter tidal surge. It was the strongest cyclone since a 1991 storm that killed some 143,000 people in Bangladesh.

Navy ships scoured coastal areas for hundreds of people reported missing and sought to clear river channels clogged with sunken vessels to restore normal navigation, officials said.

Helicopters flew sorties to devastated areas, dropping food, drinking water and medicine for the survivors.

"We are here to help you. You help us by allowing a safe landing and keeping a safe distance," the pilot of a helicopter warned people in Mathbaria, Barisal district, as they thronged towards his craft, television pictures showed.

The official death toll rose to 1,595 late on Saturday and disaster ministry officials said it was likely to rise further. Private television channels said the death toll had already crossed 2,000.

"It will take several days to complete the search and know the actual casualty figure and extent of damage to property," said food and disaster ministry official Ayub Miah.


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DHAKA (Reuters) - Pesawat dan helikopter Militer mencoba menjangkau ribuan korban yang selamat dari 1,600 orang yang terbunuh akibat badai di Dhaka, Banglades.

Angin puyuh tersebut menghempas bagian selatan negeri itu hari kamis malam dengan kecepatan 250 kph (155 mph), dan merupakan angin puyuh yang paling kuat sejak 1991 yang membunuh 143,000 orang di Banglades.

Helikopter terbang ke daerah bencana untuk memberikan bantuan makanan, air minum dan pengobatan untuk para korban yang selamat.

"Kita di sini untuk membantu anda. Anda menolong kami dengan membuatkan suatu landasan pendaratan yang aman dan memelihara jarak yang aman," ujar pilot helikopter memperingatkan orang-orang di Mathbaria, Barisal daerah, ketika mereka berjejal ke arahnya.

Angka kematian yang resmi mencapai 1,595, dilaporkan pada hari sabtu dan pemerintah setempat mengatakan jumlah itu akan meningkatt. Bahkan stasiun televisi swasta mengatakan angka kematian telah mencapai 2,000 orang.

"Akan memakan waktu beberapa hari untuk lebih jelasnya tentang korban dan kerugian yang ditimbulkan." kata pejabat setempat, Ayub Miah.




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