Death toll reaches 2,300 in Bangladesh cyclone

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Relief officials in Bangladesh are warning the death toll could jump sharply in the impoverished nation as rescuers reach more isolated areas devastated by a last week's cyclone.

Officials are blaming at least 2,300 deaths on the storm. But the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society -- Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross -- says the toll could hit 10,000 once rescuers reach outlying islands.

The chairman of the society says the estimate came from the assessments of thousands of volunteers taking part in rescue operations across the battered region.

Rescue crews, meanwhile, have been trying to reach remote villages, where thousands have been trapped without food and supplies.

A U.S. military medical team is already in Bangladesh and two U.S. naval ships carrying tons of supplies will be made available if the Bangladesh government requests them.

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