A typhoon slammed into Bangladesh's southeastern coast Tuesday with 145 mph winds and waves up to 20 feet, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes.

The storm roared in from the Bay of Bengal at about midnight and battered 14 districts for more than seven hours, uprooting trees and ripping apart telephone and power lines, said a Relief Ministry official.Contact with the stricken region was severed, and the only source of information on the disaster came by radio communications with the Red Crescent, the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross.