The United States has started planning to help with the rehabilitation of the cyclone-devastated areas as well as preparing measures to mitigate losses in future crises, US Charge d' Affaires Geeta Pasi said.
"We were here before the cyclone, we were here during the initial emergency relief and we will be here to assist with recovery and rehabilitation," she said while addressing a group of government and military officials, NGO representatives and diplomats at a function arranged at the Armed Forces Division (AFD) to bid farewell to US marines.
Pasi said the US military currently assisting Bangladesh will now hand over their immediate relief mission to the US Mission in Dhaka. The immediate response by the Bangladesh government and US civilian and military personnel was truly impressive, she said. The envoy said she is proud of US military's rapid reaction in a time when every minute counts and lives are at stake. As Commander of US Pacifc Command Admiral Keating said when he visited several days ago, the US military came to get the job done. The 'angels' from the sea returned to Bangladesh and worked side by side with their uniformed and civilians counterparts to deliver vitally needed food, water, and medical assistance. Later, Gen Masud presented crests of the Armed Forces to US marine officers.