Cyclone Aila claims 28 lives

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Nineteen people were killed in the Indian metropolis Kolkata and its surroundings. The storm, which is being accompanied by wind speeds of more than 120 kilometres per hour, has caused widespread material damage and virtually brought life to a halt.

At least nine people were killed in Bangladesh, and dozens of people are still missing. More than 300,000 people there have been trapped by the high water levels. In India, more than a hundred thousand people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Heavy rainfall and high waves have flooded hundreds of coastal villages in both countries, dams have broken and many rivers have burst their banks.