Disasters Trail of Tears and Anguish

A killer cyclone rips across the Bay of Bengal, taking at least 15,000 lives

"It was a hot, humid day and overcast," recalled Yakub Ali, a 40-year-old farmer on the tiny Bangladeshi island of Urirchar. "First came the dark and the menacing clouds. Soon the wind started whistling ominously. Then the heavy rains began to fall." At first Yakub thought with relief that the torrents might disperse the stifling heat, which can exceed 100 degrees F at this time of year. But the downpour quickly gained greater and still greater force. As the alarmed farmer walked out of his hut, he came upon his neighbors gathering in the night. There was frightened talk that Danger...

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