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Bangladesh and India: Cyclone Bulbul: Death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India November 12,2019   |  Source: Aljazeera

The death toll from a cyclone that barrelled into the coasts of Bangladesh and India has risen to 24, authorities said, as the two nations assess the scale of devastation wreaked by the powerful storm. Bangladesh carried out one of its biggest-ever evacuation drives, moving some 2.1 million people to cyclone shelters specially built to minimise casualties from such storms, which can claim thousands of lives.

Cyclone Bulbul, packing winds of up to 120km per hour (75 miles/h) when it hit late on Saturday, killed 12 people in Bangladesh - 11 from falling trees - and 12 in India's West Bengal and Odisha states. Five others remain missing after a fishing trawler sank in squally weather near Bangladesh's southern island of Bhola, district administrator Masud Alam Siddiqui told AFP news agency. Bangladesh's junior minister for disaster management, Enamur Rahman, told AFP Bulbul left a trail of destruction, damaging some 10,000 homes of mud, tin and bamboo and 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) of crops. The cyclone weakened as it tracked inland.

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The Sundarbans - the world's largest mangrove forest which straddles the two nations and is home to several endangered species - shielded the coast from the storm's full impact, officials added. In India, nearly

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