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US to Build 24 Cyclone Shelters in Bangladesh

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The United States says it will provide Bangladesh with four-point-three million dollars to build cyclone shelters and bridges in coastal areas devastated by last year's Cyclone Sidr.

In a press release issued Sunday, the U.S. embassy in Dhaka said that 24 multi-purpose cyclone shelters and four bridges will be built with the money, provided by the U.S. Pacific Command.

The press release says 15-hundred people can be accommodated in each shelter, which will serve as schools when not needed for emergencies.

Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh in November 2007. It killed an estimated 35-hundred people and left another two million homeless. Immediately after the cyclone, Washington provided 36-point-five million dollars for emergency food assistance and non-food emergency relief activities.

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