U.N. food agency plans Bangladesh program

Nov. 29, 2007 at 5:35 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it will undertake a $22 million, six-month plan to provide emergency aid to Bangladesh residents affected by the recent cyclone.

The aim, the U.N. World Food Program said Thursday in a news release, is to avoid a repeat in increased malnutrition rates that usually follow a cyclone in Bangladesh.

"This time, WFP will start longer-term distributions to families with hopes of preventing increases in malnutrition throughout the region," Josette Sheeran, the program's executive director, said.

The emergency operation follows the just-completed U.N. assessment that found roughly 4.7 million people lived in the worst affected areas and 2.2 million people needed immediate food assistance.

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