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Norway sends emergency aid to Bangladesh cyclone victims

The Norwegian government has sent emergency aid of about 18 million Norwegian krone ($3.35 million) to Bangladesh to help cyclone victims, according to reports reaching Stockholm on Tuesday.

„We see an extensive tragedy now unfolding in Bangladesh,” Minister of International Development Erik Solheim said in a statement. The Norwegian aid will be channeled mainly through UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Norwegian NGOs.

Further Norwegian aid would be considered, the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported. The deadly cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh's southern and southwestern coastal areas last Thursday night, claiming at least 3447 lives. It was one of the fiercest cyclones that had hit Bangladesh in the 131 years between 1876 and 2007. (people)