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CYCLONE AILA KILLS NEARLY 120 PEOPLE

Nearly 120 people have been killed by a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh and eastern India, officials and local media said on Tuesday, while millions remained marooned by floodwaters or living in shelters.
The death toll in Bangladesh rose to at least 89 following recovery of more bodies on Tuesday, the Daily Star newspaper said in its online edition, while Indian officials said at least 29 people had died in West Bengal state.
Cyclone Aila slammed into parts of coastal Bangladesh and eastern India on
Monday, triggering tidal surges and flooding that forced half a million people from their home.
Officials in Bangladesh moved about 500,000 people to temporary shelters after they left their homes to escape huge tidal waves churned by winds up to 100 kph (60 mph).
Heavy rain triggered by the storm also raised river levels and burst mud embankments in the Sundarban
s delta in the neighboring eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
The affected area is home to hundreds of thousands of people as well as the world's biggest tiger reserve.
Bangladesh officials said at least 100 people were missing after Monday's cyclone. In West Bengal, the Indian army and
government aid workers on Tuesday began an operation to provide relief to more than 400,000 people marooned in the Sundarbans delta region.
Officials in West Bengal said at least 29 people died in the cyclone, mostly from house collapses, electrocution and falling trees.
Courtesy: REUTERS
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