Cyclone causes havoc across Bangladesh, forces evacuation of 100,000s

A cyclone that slammed Bangladesh's southwestern coast with winds of 240 kph crossed the country Friday after leveling homes and forcing the evacuation of at least 650,000 villagers, officials said. Two people were reported killed. Tropical Cyclone Sidr buffeted coastal areas with gale-force winds, driving rain and high waves when it roared ashore on Thursday, forest official Mozharul Islam said in Khulna, 135 kilometers southwest of the capital, Dhaka. The private Channel 1 television network reported two deaths from falling debris in the affected areas. Storm surges inundated low-lying areas and some offshore islands in 15 coastal districts in the cyclone's path. Communications with remote forest areas and offshore islands were temporarily cut off.