, 18 November 2007 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Bangladesh
The Secretary General has been following with mounting concern the devastation in Bangladesh resulting from Cyclone Sidr. He wishes to express his profound condolences to the people and government of Bangladesh for the many deaths and the destruction involved, and the full solidarity of the UN system at this time of crisis.
As we have made clear to the Bangladesh authorities, the UN is ready and willing to help them respond in any way possible. UN agencies on the ground are already responding to the basic needs of those affected, and our assessment teams are on the spot. We have made clear that several million dollars are available from the Central Emergency Response Fund, depending on need.