DHAKA — A tornado that ripped through 20 villages in eastern Bangladesh killed 20 people and injured 200, a government official said Saturday. The storm lashed the distant villages in Brahmanbaria District on Friday. The local Prothom Alo newspaper reported that the 15-minute storm destroyed many homes and shops and also toppled a large number of trees and electricity poles.
20 inches of snow paralyze capital
KIEV — The city of Kiev has declared a state of emergency after the Ukrainian capital was paralyzed by a huge snowstorm that stalled car, railway, and air traffic. The city was hit by about 20 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, more than it usually receives per month during this season. Tractors, armored vehicles, and other heavy equipment were dispatched Saturday to clear roads blocked by miles-long traffic jams.
12 in south perish after hailstorms
BEIJING — Hailstorms that hit southern China last week killed 12 people, injured hundreds more, and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage. The official Xinhua News Agency said nine people were killed in the city of Dongguan in southern Guangdong Province after a Wednesday hailstorm. It said 272 others were injured from the storm, which caused economic losses of $57.5 million. Three other people died from hailstorms that began Tuesday in neighboring Hunan Province.