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Over 1000 homes destroyed in Bangladesh due to storms

Tropical storms have lashed villages in northern Bangladesh, destroying more than 1,000 homes and injuring at least 45 people.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2007 14:21 IST

Tropical storms have lashed villages in northern Bangladesh, destroying more than 1,000 homes and injuring at least 45 people, a news report said.

A tornado hit five farming villages in Tangail district at midnight Friday, while storms coupled with hail battered neighbouring Jamalpur district four times between Friday night and yesterday morning, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported last night.

The storms also knocked down trees and electricity poles, it said.

Tangail is 72 kilometres north of the capital, Dhaka, while Jamalpur is 144 kilometres north of Dhaka.
The injured were taken to local hospitals, the agency said.

Officials could not immediately be reached for comment, and no further details were available.

Tropical storms are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 144 million people.