Aila kills 12 Bengal tigers; death toll above 100

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Kolkata, May 27: Going on its fierce path of destruction Cyclone Aila has not only claimed the lives of over 150 people in Bangladesh and India along with leaving thousands homeless or displaced, it has also killed about 12 endangered Tigers in Bengal's Sunderban Reserve.

Media reports from Bangladesh confirmed the deaths of at least 121 people in the country since its first sighting on Monday, May 25. The official death count was 91, the Bangladesh Daily Star reported Wednesday, May 27.

In India, at least 45 have been killed in the storm in the state of West Bengal. However different media reports state varying number of deaths due to the Cyclone, the highest being 82.

A Times of India report quoted forest range officials at the state's Sunderbans as saying a dozen of the Royal Bengal tigers, hundreds of herbivores, at least 20 crocodiles and two spotted deer were feared dead.

Even though the Cyclone has weakened the state of West Bengal sees heavy rains. This has caused mudslides, water logging, flooding- all making the rescue process tougher and the damage higher.

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