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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-576—OCT. 31, 1988

102 STAT. 2898

(5) declares its willingness to work with the President to provide generous levels of emergency humanitarian assistance to the people of Bangladesh; (6) declares its willingness to work with the Government of Bangladesh and with private and voluntary organizations to ensure that emergency assistance quickly reaches those most in need; and (7) declares its willingness to work with the international community to seek the means to prevent a recurrence of such natural disasters, and urges the President to promote a regional solution designed to prevent a recurrence of such natural disasters. SEC. 4. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR BANGLADESH. (a) USE OF FOOD FOR DEVELOPMENT LOCAL CURRENCIES FOR DISAS-

TER ASSISTANCE.—(1) Section 301 of the Agricultural Trade Develop7 USC 1727. ment and Assistance Act of 1954 is amended by adding at the end the following: Rural areas. "(c) In the event of a serious natural disaster in a country Urban areas. participating in a Food for Development Program, funds accruing from the sale of commodities made available under this title may be used, with the approval of the United States Government, for disaster relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction assistance in any rural or urban area of that country adversely affected by the disaster. Such assistance may include (but is not limited to) Health and medical care. food, medicine and medical supplies, shelter, and in-country transportation.". 7 USC 1727 note. (2) Food for Development agreements entered into under title III of that Act before the date of enactment of this Act may be amended in order to implement the amendment made by paragraph (1). (3) Pending amendment pursuant to paragraph (2) of Food for 7 USC 1727 note. Development agreements with the Government of Bangladesh, the use of funds accruing under those agreements, with the approval of the United States Government, for flood-related disaster assistance authorized by the amendment made by paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be consistent with the applicable agreement. (b)

ADDITIONAL FUNDS

FOR DISASTER

ASSISTANCE FOR BAN-

GLADESH.—It is the sense of the Congress that, in order to provide additional resources for disaster assistance for the victims of the 1988 floods in Bangladesh, not less than $100,000,000 of the local currencies generated under Food for Development agreements with the Government of Bangladesh should be used for the disaster relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction assistance purposes authorized by the amendment made by subsection (a)(1). (c) REGULAR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO B E MAINTAINED.—Disaster

assistance provided for Bangladesh by the United States because of the 1988 floods should be in addition to the regularly programmed assistance for that country for fiscal year 1989 under chapter 1 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (relating to development assistance) and titles I, II, and III of the Agriculture Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954 (relating to food assistance); and the level of such regularly programmed assistance should not be reduced because of such disaster assistance. (d) EXTENSION OF PERIOD FOR U S E OF FOOD FOR DEVELOPMENT LOCAL CURRENCIES.—It is the sense of the Congress that the period,

during which funds accruing under Food for Development agree-