An organisation of Buddhist monks in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has distributed food among the starving locals of Sajek villages in Rangamati.
“Parbatya Buddha Bhikkhu Sangha” gave rice, oil, potato, salt, and lentil to 52 affected families of Sajek Union's number 8 area on Sunday.
“We gave each of the families 15kg rice, half litre soyabean oil, one kilogram potato, one kilogram salt, half kilo lentil and half kilo 'nappi',” the organisation's representative Karuna Bansha Bikkhi said.
A destitute family also received Tk3,000 cash assistance, he added.
Low jhum (slash and burn method) production and hike in rice prices forced about 2,000 families in 20 remote Sajek villages to starve for the last several months.
The Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs, Rangamati district administration, the army and local public representatives have been distributing relief material among the affected population.
So far, around 28 tonnes of foodgrains have been distributed among the people of remote Sajek villages.
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