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State minister: Steps taken to tackle Cyclone Bulbul

  • Published at 09:34 pm November 9th, 2019
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman
File photo of State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman Collected

The government provided Tk7,000,000 cash in the six coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, and Pirojpur

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said that the government has taken various steps to tackle Bulbul, a severe cyclonic storm.

He made the remark at a media briefing following the Inter-Ministerial Disaster Management Coordination Committee meeting held at the ministry on Saturday.

He said: "The holidays of the government officials posted in the coastal districts has been canceled.

"We have also increased the awareness activities in those areas."

The Minister said they provided 14,000 packets of dry food, 1400 tons of rice, and Tk7,000,000 cash in the six coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, and Pirojpur.

He also added that a total of Tk3,000,000 cash, and 600 tons of rice were provided to the districts of Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Chittagong, and Cox's Bazar.

In addition, Tk1,00,000 including cattle feed, and baby food were distributed in the districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Barguna, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Patuakhali, Bhola, and Bagerhat.

"We plan to allocate more food, and money as per the demand," Enamur mentioned.

The State Minister also said a total of 55,515 volunteers have been deployed in the 7 very risky zones of 41 upazila under 350 unions of 13 coastal districts to circulate advance awareness regarding the cyclone.

 All district administrators, and upazila executive officers were instructed to provide necessary transportation for assisting people of remote areas. 

We also requested the concerned ministries to take necessary measures to prevent the loss of paddy, crops, livestock, and fisheries, he added.

Enamur informed that people from high risk zones were asked to take shelter in the nearest relief centre through a message in all print, and electronic media, as well as mobile operators.

He added that the Ministry of Information has been asked to take frequent publicity measures to spread cyclone-related bulletins and signals through public and private radio, and TV channels. 

Also, the Department of Public Safety and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs have been asked to ensure the safety of women, children, and the disabled in the relief centres.