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In pictures: Bangladesh cyclone

Sweeping up leaves in Dhaka, 16 November 2007

A cyclone has torn through Bangladesh, flattening several villages and leaving hundreds of people dead. By the time it reached the capital, Dhaka, it had lost some of its force.

A grandmother holds a newborn bay in Barisal, 16 November 2007

This newborn baby, cradled by its grandmother, survived and was named Cyclone.

Cyclone refugees in Mongla, southern Bangladesh, on Friday 16 November 2007

With tens of thousands of homes estimated damaged or destroyed, many families were forced to seek shelter on foot carrying what they could.

Emergency cyclone shelter near Mongla port, southern Bangladesh, 16 November 2007

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated and many sought refuge in emergency shelters like this one near Mongla port, around 320km (199 miles) south of Dhaka.

A Bangladeshi girl holds a lamp in a cyclone shelter near Mongla, 15 November 2007

The storm caused a virtual national blackout, as this girl in a shelter at Mongla discovered.

A tree on a house in Mongla 16 November 2007

Many people are thought to have been killed as falling trees levelled fragile houses made of thatch, wood and tin.

Elephant removes a fallen tree blocking a road block in Barisal, Bangladesh, 16 November 2007

Elephants helped remove fallen trees that blocked roads across the country, frustrating attempts by the authorities to reach stricken areas.

A ship devastated during Cyclone Sidr drifts at Mongla river, 16 November 2007

At least 150 fishing trawlers, like this one, failed to return to shore and a UN agency reportedly said 1,000 fishermen were missing.



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