Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cyclone Sidr News Coverage

We're monitoring the news coverage of Cyclone Sidr and the relief and rehabilitation works that are undergoing.

"The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross, warned that the death toll could rise to 10,000 once rescuers reach outlying islands, according to the Associated Press...International aid organizations promised initial packages of $25 million during a meeting with Bangladeshi agencies Monday, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that several million dollars were available from the U.N.'s emergency response funds, reported the AP.

Other governments have offered assistance, including Britain -- $5 million, the European Union -- $2.2 million, the United States -- $2.1 million, France -- $730,000, Germany -- $730,000, and the Philippines said it would send a medical team. About 3 million survivors, who were evacuated from low-lying areas or had their homes destroyed in the massive storm, were in need of government help..."

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