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Relief Efforts Continue in Storm-Ravaged Bangladesh


The U.S. military is continuing its relief efforts in cyclone-hit Bangladesh, with the delivery of much-needed supplies and medical care.

U.S. Admiral Carol Pottenger, stationed on the navy vessel USS Kearsarge, (Friday) said U.S. forces have delivered over 45 thousand liters of water and 33 kilograms of supplies -- including food, clothing and blankets.

The USS Kearsarge has been anchored off the southern coast of Bangladesh for nearly a week, providing aid via helicopters to some of the nearly two-million people displaced by Cyclone Sidr. The powerful storm slammed into Bangladesh's southern coastal area two weeks ago, killing around 35-hundred people. Admiral Pottenger says medical teams have seen more than 600 patients, most with water borne diseases or traumatic injuries. U.S. military officials say they are not in Bangladesh for the long-term, and will leave when the Bangladeshi government decides help is no longer needed.

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