Deadly Storms Strike Bangladesh

By Story by Jim Andrews, Senior Meteorologist
April 06, 2011, 10:13:33 AM EDT

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A rash of storms ripped through parts of Bangladesh, killing 13, reports showed on Tuesday.

The storms tore across the northern portion of the country late Monday, local time. The reports said that hundreds of homes, mostly of mud and thatch, were destroyed, and trees were felled.

The storms were described as "tropical storms," although no such storms were being tracked in the region at the time.


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Instead, forecasters at believe that the storms were in fact severe local thunderstorms of the kind that are fairly common in Bangladesh and neighboring northeastern India during April and May.

These storms are marked by torrential rain, damaging high winds and large hail. Infrequently, deadly tornadoes are spawned by these thunderstorms.

Local building practices render many structures prone to failure during such severe weather.

For at least the next week, dry weather will predominate, with at most stray thunderstorms.

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