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CYCLONE KILLS 2 IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN AREA

A cyclone whirled through the drought-stricken Nilphamari district, killing two people and destroying more than 5,000 mud-and-straw houses, officials said Saturday.

Friday's storm brought needed rains to Nilphamari and two other districts in the northwestern corner of the country. But despite a forecast of more rainfall in the next two days, the officials said there was little hope of reversing the damage caused by three months of drought.Contacted by telephone at Nilphamari, the officials said the cyclone reached speeds of 60 mph. It injured 50 people, destroyed 66 tin-roofed schools and uprooted many trees, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity.