Two United States Navy ships are on the way to Bangladesh today to provide relief following the devastating cyclone.
USS Kearsarge and the USS Essex will arrive in waters near the destroyed Bangladesh coastline on Saturday.
Nearly 3,500 marines and more than 30 helicopters to help with relief efforts in Bangladesh.
Two U.S. assessment teams are working with the Bangladesh government to determine the best use of U.S. air and assistance. A C-130 U.S. cargo plane landed Tuesday with the first consignment of relief goods worth 161,000 U.S. dollars.
Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Henrietta Fore announced to reporters Tuesday the extent of the U.S. effort. She also visited areas badly struck by last Thursday’s deadly cyclone Sidr.
After 1991 cyclone that claimed nearly 143,000 people in Bangladesh, the U.S. also sent a huge naval ship with logistic supports for relief and rehabilitation work under the code name “Operation Sea Angel.”
Fore assured long-term assistance for cyclone-hit people in addition to its emergency aid of 2.1 million U.S. dollars.
Fore, who arrived in Bangladesh Tuesday for a 24-hour visit said she saw houses and farms damaged, paddy fields destroyed and people left their farms and walked into towns looking for food. She said two U.S. assessment teams are now working here with the Bangladesh government.
The U.S. has already delivered items include 5,000 blankets, 2,520 hygienic kits, 2,500 jerricans, 300 plastic sheets and energy biscuits.
Sources: Xinhua and AFP