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THOUSANDS HOMELESS AS BANGLADESH CYCLONE KILLS AT LEAST 35

A cyclone tore through coastal Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least 35 people and destroying tens of thousands of village homes, officials said.

Of the deaths, 24 were reported from the district of Bhola, an island about 65 miles south of the capital of Dhaka and one of the areas hardest hit when the cyclone roared in from the Bay of Bengal with winds of up to 90 mph. Three Bhola fishermen were reported missing.

Most people were killed when their mud huts collapsed, according to relief workers. Many huts were empty, however, because authorities had evacuated more than 1 million residents to about 2,000 concrete shelters before the storm.

Eleven people died in other regions.

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