From: Reuters
Published March 23, 2008 02:39 AM

Tropical storm kills 12 in Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) - A tropical storm swept parts of Bangladesh, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 200, media reports said on Sunday.

The storm, packing winds of up to 100 kph (60 mph), hit nine districts in north and northeastern Bangladesh, the reports said.

Heavy rain and hail damaged rice and other crops across thousands of acres (hectares), agriculture officials told reporters.

It flattened thousands of huts and several schools.

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Tropical storms and tornadoes are common in densely populated Bangladesh, killing hundreds of people every year.

A cyclone in November last year, the worst since 1991, killed more than 3,300 people, made millions homeless and destroyed around 1 million tonnes of rice, the country's main staple food.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by David Fox)

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