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14 Jul 2008 description
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Background information on disaster response to the cyclone Sidr that hit Bangladesh in November 2007

The meteorological departments in the area sent out warnings of a 'very severe cyclonic storm' as it moved northwards towards Bangladesh.

These warnings were spread to the local population in the delta area of Bangladesh. Some chose to remain in their houses, but around two million people had already been evacuated to shelters by the time the cyclone hit the delta on the night of 15th November with winds around 215 km per hour, and gusts up to 250 km per hour.