World: Pakistan: When The Demon Struck

Above the howling wind and the driving rain, the villagers of Manpura Island could hear an unholy roar welling up from the Bay of Bengal. "It was pitch dark," said Abdul Jabbar last week, ''but suddenly I saw a gigantic, luminous crest heading toward our village." Jabbar managed to survive the lethal 120-m.p.h. cyclone and the 20-ft. tidal wave that followed, but most of his neighbors were less fortunate. All but 5,000 of Manpura Island's 30,000 people died in the surging waters. Most of the island's cattle, sheep, goats and buffaloes were drowned, and...

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