Bangladesh Officials Believe Death Toll From Cyclone Could Reach 10,000

BARGUNA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Officials say the number of confirmed deaths from the cyclone in Bangladesh has reached at least 3,000.

And they warn the number could jump sharply as rescuers reach remote areas.

The Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross says it believes the toll could hit 10,000 once rescuers reach islands off the coast.

Teams from international aid organizations are working with army troops in a massive rescue effort. Rescue workers are clearing roads of fallen trees and twisted roofs to reach remote villages, but tents, rice, water and other relief items have been slow to arrive.

One survivor says a helicopter had dropped packages of food but he had received little assistance. Mobs swarm below the helicopters every time one is spotted.

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