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Tropical Storms Hit Bangladesh

April 16, 2000

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ Tropical storms hit parts of Bangladesh, killing three people and injuring at least 50 others, news reports said.

Saturday’s storms also leveled hundreds of mud-and-thatch huts and toppled electricity poles and trees across a wide area, Ittefaq newspaper reported Sunday.

Two women were killed after trees fell on them in Satkhira district, 110 miles southwest of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. A teenage boy died after being struck by a flying piece of a tin roof in Rajshahi district, 120 miles northwest of Dhaka.

Most of the injuries were reported in those two districts, which were hit the hardest by the storms, the report said.

In some places, wind speeds reached 56 mph, the Meteorological Department said. More rainstorms are expected on Sunday and Monday, it said.

Such rainstorms are common during the summer in Bangladesh, a delta nation the size of Wisconsin buffeted by cyclones and floods that kill hundreds of people every year.

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