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Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh with 150mph winds creating a 15ft (5m) storm surge that overwhelmed coastal defenses.  Around 900,000 homes were damaged and 560,000 destroyed by the cyclone.

Special Response Team member Mark Pearson said: "The situation is a mess. Huge trees have come down on houses and are all over the place. It's going to take a good six months to clear everything up." ShelterBox volunteer John Baddeley said: "We're just glad to get these boxes here and get them out to the families that need them."