Bangladesh: Brahmanbaria tornado rips through 20 villages, leaves 20 dead, at least 100 (some rpts say 500) injured – 220313 2045z

A tornado ripped through 20 villages in eastern Bangladesh on Friday, killing 10 people and injuring about 500 others, a report said.

(Photo: EPA, english.ruvr.ru) Bangladesh tornado

The Prothom Alo newspaper said the 15-minute storm destroyed many homes and shops and uprooted large numbers of trees in Brahmanbaria district. It quoted officials as saying one child was among the dead. The storm cut train service in the area, it said. Villagers and emergency personnel took many of the injured to hospitals, news reports said. Officials could not be reached immediately for comment.

Friday, 22 March, 2013 at 17:57 (05:57 PM) UTC RSOE

Other reports

At least 10 people were killed and some 500 injured in a tornado that ripped through eastern Bangladesh.

The storm destroyed many homes and shops and uprooted large numbers of trees, local media said.” – Voice of Russia, RIA

Tornado kills at least 20 in Bangladesh

“A powerful tornado has ripped through more than a dozen rural villages in eastern Bangladesh, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 100.

The tornado wrecked havoc in Brahmanbaria district over a 15-minute period, authorities said, uprooting thousands of trees and flattened hundreds of tin and mud-built houses in the area, and snapping road and rail communication with affected villages.

“The death toll is now 20, including women and children. At least 100 people are injured,” government district administrator Nur Mohammad told AFP. He said local authorities have launched relief and rescue operations in the region.

“It was so powerful that it overturned dozens of motor vehicles and big trucks,” he added, saying those who died were mostly hit by fallen trees or collapsed walls.

District police chief M. Moniruzzaman said of the 100 people hospitalised, up to 12 people were in a critical condition.

“Many of the injured were rushed to hospitals in cities including the capital Dhaka,” he told AFP.

Bangladesh is hit by powerful storms and tornadoes from March to mid-May just ahead of the four-month-long wet monsoon season, often killing scores and in some years hundreds of people in rural villages.” – AFP

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