Bangladesh is seeking five lakh metric tons of rice from the international community as assistance for tackling any possible food crisis in the country because of the recent spate of floods and the cyclone.
Food and Disaster Management Adviser Tapan Chowdhury briefed reporters after a meeting with representatives of different donor countries and agencies in his office.
He said the donors have been requested to procure the rice from the international market in a bid to avert shortage of it on the local market.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury urged the donors to provide their assistance for the country's cyclone-affected people through government channels for better coordination of the relief activities.
Meanwhile British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury said the best way to provide aid for the affected people is through the NGOs that directly work with the people.
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