Bangladesh Cyclone Death Toll 2,300
The death toll for a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh Thursday hit 2,300 on Sunday and some expect it to be around 10,000.
According to Reuters, the Bangladesh disaster ministry recorded about 2,300 deaths on Sunday at 10 a.m. Local media reported around 3,500 deaths. Mohammad Abdur Rob, chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said that in his experience, he believes the toll could reach 10,000. Cyclone Sidr hit the country's southern coast on Thursday night with 155 mile per hour winds with tides reaching about 16 feet. The Bush administration has offered an initial $2.1 million for emergency relief, according to the U.S. Embassy.
A different angle was taken by the AFP for the story. They went with the ecological damage that was done by the cyclones. They reported about how the world's largest mangrove was in and area of Bangladesh called Sunderbans and could have been destroyed. The mangrove protected millions from the Bay of Bengal's other less serious tidal waves and cyclones. They also reported that the endangered Bengal Tiger made its home in the mangroves and many may have been killed. According to the report, there were an estimated 500 living in the mangroves at the time.