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Flood Toll Rises to 600 in Bangladesh

September 04, 1987|Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh's worst floods in 40 years have killed more than 600 people, damaged nearly 2 million houses and destroyed vast amounts of crops since the floods began July 23, the government said Thursday.

The Flood Relief Coordination Center said that 603 people drowned, were killed by collapsing houses or died of diseases such as diarrhea. The unofficial death toll from more than a month of floods, based on newspaper reports, is above 800.

Crops on more than 4.4 million acres of land were destroyed or damaged in the floods, the officials reported.

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