India donates Bangladesh 10 million dollars for flood relief

Dhaka, Sept 16: The Indian government today donated Bangladesh flood assistance worth about 10 million US dollars.

The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Pinak Ranjan Chakraborty, formally handed over the cheque to Bangladesh's foreign affairs adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, here.

This donation would be used for flood relief and post-flood rehabilitation.

The Indian government earlier in June offered the assistance when rain-triggered mudslides killed at least 125 people in the country's south-eastern Chittagong city.

Handing over the cheque on Sunday, the Indian High Commissioner told newsmen that the shipment of food grains, New Delhi earlier committed would reach Bangladesh in mid-September.

The food grains will include 40,000 tonnes of rice and 10,000 tonnes of wheat, he added.

Receiving the cheque, the foreign affairs adviser thanked the High Commissioner for the Indian government's gesture.

He said bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh was stabilising through various activities of mutual interests. He expressed the hope that the passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata will start soon.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter to his Bangladeshi counterpart had expressed deep shock at the tragic loss of lives in mudslides and subsequent floods. (With Inputs from ANI and Nazrul Islam)