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Bangladesh : Tornadoes : 2005/03/20

GLIDE:  TO-2005-000049-BGD

Duration 2005/03/20
Country or District Bangladesh
Name Tornadoes
Outline Tornadoes hit villages in Gaibandha and Rangpur districts in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 42 and injuring over 500.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others

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BBC News 2005/03/22
Nearly 3,000 homes were destroyed in the tornadoes which hit the area late on Sunday.

Reuters AlertNet 2005/03/22
Bangladesh troops pulled out seven more bodies from the rubble of collapsed homes in the country's north on Tuesday, raising the death toll from a storm in the area to 45, officials said.

Reuters AlertNet 2005/03/21
"The storm also turned nearly 10,000 people homeless," said an official at Gaibandha, some 300 km (187 miles) from the capital, Dhaka.

BBC News 2005/03/21
More than 95% homes in some villages were completely destroyed, officials said. Rescue teams are yet to reach the worst affected areas because the roads are now blocked by debris.