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Cyclone death toll nears 200

May 27, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Nearly 200 people have been killed by a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh and eastern India, while millions were marooned by flooding or forced to live in shelters.

The death toll in Bangladesh rose to more than 130, newspapers and private television channels said. In India, officials said at least 64 people had died in West Bengal state.

Cyclone Aila slammed into parts of coastal Bangladesh and eastern India on Monday, triggering tidal surges that forced people from their homes. Officials in both countries said they feared the death tolls would rise.

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