More than 240 people have been killed and thousands have been left homeless by a powerful storm that trashed the southwestern coast of Bangladesh.
Cyclone Sidr roared ashore last night with driving rain and high waves. Some 650,000 villagers had fled as it approached. An official at the cyclone center in the capital, Dhaka, says most of the people who died were killed by falling trees and debris. Others drowned when they fell off boats.
The 150 mile-an-hour winds pushed up four-foot-high water surges, swamping whole islands.
The storm has weakened as it moves across Bangladesh but relief workers are struggling to get help to hard-hit areas. Thousands of flimsy huts have been flattened. Trees and utility poles have been knocked down. Crops and fish farms have been destroyed.
A news agency in Bangladesh reports at least 425 people have died in the cyclone.