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Donors Promise Aid to Bangladesh

August 28, 1998

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ Foreign donors announced grants Friday to help Bangladesh buy food and medicines to cope with the century’s worst floods that have kept two-thirds of the nation under water for nearly two months.

Bangladesh appealed this week for $600 million in emergency foreign aid as the lingering floods washed way thousands of homes, roads, bridges and flood protection embankments.

The deluge has so far claimed nearly 600 lives and displaced thousands of people. More than 25 million people have been marooned in the flooded villages and towns.

In response to the appeal, the United States has promised to give 260,000 tons of mostly wheat to feed the flood-hit people, the American embassy in Dhaka said Friday.

The European Commission will give $500,000 to buy food and medicines, Michael Drury, head of the EC delegation in Dhaka said on Friday.

Germany has provided medicines and clothes worth $327,000, its embassy in Dhaka said. The Japanese government has decided to donate emergency aid _ including medicine and water-purifying tablets _ worth dlrs. 209,000, the government said in a statement Wednesday.

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