A powerful cyclone that slammed into Bangladesh's southern coast Thursday is slowly making its way across the country, after leveling thousands of houses and forcing more than 600-thousand people to evacuate.
Gale-force winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour caused storm surges that inundated low-lying areas that are home to poor villagers and fishermen.
Power and telephone links in the affected areas have been largely cut and coastal areas plunged into darkness.
Hundreds of thousands of people in both Bangladesh and India have been sent to shelters set up in schools, mosques and public buildings.
Zahurul Alam has the latest.