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750 Fishermen Still Missing After Storm

May 23, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly 750 fishermen were reported missing in the Bay of Bengal, three days after a cyclone battered the Bangladesh coast, killing about 100 people. "About 750 of our men are still missing," said Kabir Ahmed, a fishing association leader. "They went to sea before the cyclone struck Monday but did not return. We only hope they . . . come back alive, but no official search has been launched." About 1,500 fishermen were reported missing Tuesday, but Ahmed and other association officials said half of them had returned. The official BSS news agency put the confirmed death toll at 105, down from the 121 fatalities reported earlier by officials and police.

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