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US Pledges $40 Million in Food Aid to Bangladesh


The United States has announced it is giving $40 million worth of food aid to Bangladesh, which is facing shortages after flooding and a devastating cyclone last year.

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh James Moriarty said Sunday in Dhaka the aid will go to school children, along with cyclone and flood victims.

Last year's Cyclone Sidr killed an estimated 3,500 people and left another two million homeless. The cyclone also destroyed roughly two million tons of rice.

The Bangladeshi government has said this year's rice crop looks like it will be plentiful, but it is still anticipating possible rice shortages.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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