World IN BRIEF : BANGLADESH : 5 Helicopters Open U.S. Relief Effort

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Five Blackhawk helicopters launched the U.S. military task force's relief operation to survivors of Bangladesh's devastating cyclone, ferrying American soldiers and bags of rice to Sandwip Island. Most of the island, 10 miles from shore, was inundated by the tidal wave churned up by the April 29-30 cyclone that killed at least 139,000 people. Several thousand American service personnel are to take part in the relief effort expected to last about 30 days.

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