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India sends rice for Bangladesh storm victims

DHAKA (Reuters) - An Indian navy ship arrived at Bangladesh’s Chittagong port on Saturday with 250 tonnes of rice for survivors of a deadly cyclone that hit the impoverished nation last month, port officials said.

Besides INS Cheeta, three more Indian navy ships laden with 1,500 tonnes of rice are expected to arrive in the next couple of days, an Indian embassy spokesman said.

Cyclone Sidr hit southern Bangladesh on Nov. 15 with winds of 250 kph and a 5-foot tidal surge, killing some 3,500 people.

Nearly 1,000 people were still missing and some 40,000 were injured by the cyclone in addition to the destruction of huge crops and infrastructure.

Bangladesh asked the international community for $1 billion to rebuild the country’s southwestern coastal areas.