The government will provide 30kgs of rice and Tk500 cash every month under a 100-day scheme to each affected family of disaster-hit Haor areas, a minister has said.
"The government has taken a 100-day scheme to provide relief to 3,35,000 families of the flood-ravaged haor region, and each family will get 30kgs of rice and Tk500 as emergency support," Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said on Sunday, reports UNB.
The minister made the statement while talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting over the flood situation in Haor areas at the Secretariat. Maya chaired the meeting.
Apart from rice and cash, some 171,715 families of the affected areas would get relief materials through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme and Open Market Sale (OMS), he said.
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Describing four districts – Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Sylhet and Netrakona – out of six as the worst affected ones, Maya said farmers of the districts were unable to harvest their Boro crops due to the sudden flood caused by the onrush of hill water and heavy rain.
An inter-ministerial committee, led by an additional secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, was formed for assessing the losses in the Haor areas. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 days.
The minister said that the government would continue support to the victims of the Haor areas until they returned to normal life.
He also urged all to come forward and provide assistance to the disaster-affected people.
It was the State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan who first observed on April 9 that many farmers in Haor areas were facing food scarcity due to recent flash flood.
Later President Abdul Hamid visited the flood zones in a helicopter on April 16-17.