Tornado claims 23 lives in Bangladesh

 The death toll from a tornado that swept through some 25 villages in eastern Bangladesh, rose to 23 with rescuers finding three more bodies in debris, a day after the deadly storm which also left nearly 500 people injured.

The storm which hit the area on Friday, left a trail of destruction in 20 villages of Brahmanbaria sadar, Bijoynagar and Akhaura upazilas.

“Three more bodies were recovered on Saturday. One of them was Yasmin, who is the mother of two young boys and was found inside the tank of a sanitary latrine,” a local journalist said over the phone.

Television footage showed villagers under an open sky around their flattened homes awaiting relief as the storm that lasted for some 15 minutes wreaked havoc in the area.

Survivors said the storm blew away many people off the ground and several of the dead were found yards from their houses or where they were when the disaster struck.

Rail travel between the capital and three districts — Chittagong, Sylhet and Noakhali — was suspended, as tracks were blocked by trees uprooted by the tornado. Officials said the tornado led to partial collapse of the Brahmanbaria jail among other damaged buildings, killing a prison guard but all inmates were secure in the facility and officials were safe.

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