Monday, May 25, 2009

Storm lashes Bangladesh and India

A cyclone sweeping across eastern India and Bangladesh has killed at least 15 people and prompted the rescue of hundreds of thousands. Cyclone "Aila" flattened mud houses, uprooted trees and disrupted travel throughout West Bengal state.Soldiers and border guards were helping rescue stranded residents.Flooding and tidal surges hit coastal areas, with strong winds forcing the closure of the main ports of Chittagong and Mongla in Bangladesh.About 400,000 people were moved from five districts to cyclone shelters and schools before the storm hit.But a further 300,000 people were stranded in coastal villages.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Cyclone Aila has caused devastation and massive human suffering in West Bengal. As always, GiveIndia and its partner NGOs are ready to help those in need. Visit

to make an easy online donation that is tax deductible if you are a tax payer in India, the US and the UK.