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46 Killed, Hundreds of Fishermen Missing in South Asian Storms


Heavy monsoon rains and a cyclone have killed at least 46 people in eastern India, while violent storms in the Bay of Bengal have left hundreds of Bangladeshi fishermen missing at sea.

Indian officials say 31 deaths occurred in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, most of them due to drowning and collapsed houses. They say thousands of people have been evacuated to safer areas and many more left homeless.

In West Bengal state, a cyclone killed at least 15 people and injured 300 others in coastal villages. The storm destroyed hundreds of mud huts and toppled trees and electricity poles.

In neighboring Bangladesh, hundreds of fishermen are missing after they were caught in rough seas and strong winds in the Bay of Bengal.

A naval vessel ran aground during the storm, leaving its commanding officer missing, but the crew of 40 was rescued. Coast guard helicopters are looking for the missing commander as well as missing fishermen but their mission is being hampered by the bad weather.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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