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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Australia will provide an additional $6.5 million to help the people affected by cyclone Sidr which caused widespread devastation in November last year.

Building on an initial contribution of $3 million, this new funding brings Australian relief for Sidr victims to $9.5 million, said a press release on Monday.

‘Australia’s additional funding of $6.5 million will help meet immediate needs through provision of food to 8,00,000 people, upgrading water and sanitation facilities and distribution of nutrition supplements for over 50,000 women and children,’ said Australian High Commissioner Douglas Foskett.

‘The funding will also support rehabilitation of damaged schools in the affected areas. This contribution reflects Australia’s strong commitment to Bangladesh particularly in its time of need and our concern for people suffering in the affected areas.’

Australia will contribute $4 million to the World Food Programme in carrying out its post-cyclone response programme which will provide rice, wheat, pulses, vegetable oil, iodised salt, high-energy biscuits and soya bean to families in urgent need.

This contribution is in addition to $1 million contributed earlier to WFP for its immediate cyclone relief programme.

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