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Five days after Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh, an overwhelming stench filled the air Tuesday as rotting bodies and animal carcasses floated in pools of stagnant water around the coastal city of Patharghata.

Villagers complained about lack of government help and suggested the official death toll estimates were far lower than the reality they see, according to CNN's Cal Perry who arrived there Tuesday.

Despite grim assessments from relief workers arriving in previously unreached areas, military chief Gen. Moeen Ahmad estimated the number of people killed would reach about 5,000. The Bangladesh Red Crescent chairman has said the death toll could reach 10,000. Read full article »

CNN's Dan Rivers and Cal Perry in Bangladesh contributed to this report.

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