U.S. Sends Help to Bangladesh After Deadly Cyclone

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House is offering condolences to
storm-battered Bangladesh, along with substantial aid.

Press Secretary Dana Perino says the U.S. is providing an
initial donation of more than 2 million dollars. Two Navy
amphibious assault ships, the Essex and the Kearsarge, are being sent in to help. And 35 tons of emergency supplies are being flown in, including plastic sheeting, jerri-cans
and hygiene kits.

Perino says an 18-member Pentagon medical team was in Bangladesh
prior to the cyclone last Thursday and will be staying to help with
the emergency.

A statement says the U.S. is committed to helping the people of
Bangladesh recover and says President and Mrs. Bush offer
condolences, especially to those ``who have lost loved ones, homes
and livelihoods.''

Tropical Cyclone Sidr killed more than 2,200 people and chased
more than a million from their homes in southwestern Bangladesh.

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