May 17, 1995 in Nation/World

Rains End Drought But Kill Five

Compiled From Wire Services

Torrential rains that ended a five-month drought killed five people and marooned 100,000 others in Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday.

Three children were washed away by a 7-foot tidal wave off the coast of Cox’s Bazar, 185 miles south of Dhaka. Two other people died when their house collapsed on neighboring Dhalchar Island, officials said.

The downpour began Monday, followed by a 6-foot tidal wave in the Bay of Bengal that flooded dozens of villages along the southern coast.

At least 1,000 huts were washed away, and shrimp and salt farms in the area were destroyed, said an official at the Cox’s Bazar cyclone warning center.

Red Cross volunteers evacuated at least 100,000 people, and another 100,000 were trapped inside their homes in dozens of flooded villages.

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