Bangladesh and American relief efforts in support of the Sidr victims are in high gear, succeeding on a number of fronts, according to the US Marine leading American military efforts in Bangladesh. "This relief effort is running on all eight cylinders," said Brig Gen Ronald Bailey, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) commanding general, said that the relief effort is running on all eight cylinders.
The 3rd MEB is leading military efforts in support of a larger United States response to aid victims of the November 15 cyclone that killed nearly 3,300 people. The overall United States effort is being led by the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, a US embassy press release said.
Though water was the MEB's first priority, after a recent coordination meeting with Bangladeshi counterparts their main focus has now shifted to food. Bailey said that they were using all of the resources we can to get food out to the areas the Bangladeshi government says they need it the most.
Much of that food is from the government of Bangladesh food stocks that are flown by C-130 aircraft from here to the southern city of Barisal.