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110 Dead as Cyclone Slams Eastern India, Bangladesh

A cyclone has hit eastern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 110 people and destroying more than 60,000 homes.

The storm ripped across India's West Bengal and Bihar states and neighboring parts of Bangladesh late Tuesday.

Four of the deaths were reported in Bangladesh, including a police officer who was crushed under a wall.

The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometers an hour, destroying power and telephone lines and uprooting trees in Bihar and West Bengal.

Indian authorities are rushing aid to cyclone-hit areas, and the homeless are being shifted to temporary shelters.

The Bay of Bengal region is frequently battered by storms and cyclones.

In 2007, Cyclone Sidr killed more than 3,500 people in Bangladesh and displaced 2 million others.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.