IAF plane with relief materials leaves for Bangladesh

November 30th, 2007 - 6:03 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi , Nov 30 (ANI): An Indian Air Force (IAF) transport plane carrying relief materials for the victims of the cyclone that hit Bangladesh recently left for Dhaka from here today.

The plane is carrying the fourth consignment consisting of relief materials including tents, blankets, ready-to-eat food packets and medicines, which is part of a package of one million dollars that India has pledged.

We are taking around 35 tonnes of relief materials, which include medicines and food, said Wing Commander Jitender Narula.

Bangladesh has also received aid offers totalling around 90 million dollars from various countries and agencies, officials said.

A severe cyclone struck Bangladesh on last November 15 with 250 kph winds that whipped up a five-meter tidal surge.

Around 3,500 people were killed by cyclone Sidr, making it the deadliest in 16 years. Thousands more are missing or injured and aid workers and officials say at least two million people have been displaced.

According to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the death toll in the country may cross 10,000.

Southern Bangladesh is often hit by cyclones, but experts say the latest is a category four storm, the most powerful so far in the season.

In Bangladesh , 500,000 people died in a 1970 cyclone. A similar storm claimed 143,000 lives in 1991. (ANI)

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