Cyclone Sidr downgraded

But not before doing a lot of damage.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A cyclone that slammed into the coast with 150 mph winds killed at least 1,100 people, isolating remote towns and villages swamped by a storm surge or hemmed in by piles of debris, aid workers and a Bangladeshi news agency said Friday. Tropical Cyclone Sidr roared across the country’s southwestern coast late Thursday with driving rain and high waves, leveling thousands of flimsy huts and forcing the evacuation of 650,000 villagers, officials said. (AP)


A grand mother holds a new born baby who was named Cyclone after he was born during the cyclone stands before her damaged hut in Barishal, 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Bangladesh’s capital (AP)

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to feel the brunt of 240kph winds – your world literally blended and whipped away in a sensory hell. This particular AP report doesn’t even go into the potentially hundred’s of thousands of individuals whose homes are now destroyed. If you’re concerned, maybe humanitarian help is the first step – and the Red Cross seems to be a good place to start.

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