Media Alert - Cyclone Sidr: Experts Available for Comment

    - Latest on Impact on Children and Emergency Response Efforts in
    Bangladesh -

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Latest reports of Cyclone Sidr that hit
Bangladesh put wind speeds at 240 km/h, similar to the magnitude of Cyclone
Gorky that hit in 1991, killing 150,000 people. Following that tragedy, the
Bangladesh government developed an emergency response system to react to
severe storm warnings.
    Mohammed Emrul Hasan, Policy Advisor for Bangladesh for Plan
International, helped develop that emergency response system with the
Bangladesh government. Hasan is currently seconded to Plan Canada's office,
and is available for comment on the current situation.
    Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Senior Director of International Programs with Plan
Canada, is available for comment as well. Dr. Mirza can speak to emerging
health issues related to the cyclone.
    Dr. Monwar Islam, Senior Program Manager, is currently en route to
Bangladesh, and should arrive in Dhaka by Sunday. Dr. Islam oversees disaster
response operations for Plan Canada, including CIDA-funded projects, and has
on-the-ground experience working in Bangladesh.
    Plan Canada is in contact with Bangladesh, both through the Plan
Bangladesh offices and with government sources. Plan Canada will continue to
provide updated information from the ground and will post information through
media bulletins and at

    (*) Plan Canada is part of the international development organization
        Plan International.

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For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact:
Tiffany Bourré, The Idea Workshop, (416) 504-3977 ext. 28, (416) 540-8433
(cell); Steve Theobald, Plan Canada, (416) 920-1654 ext. 211, (416) 568-6525

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