Awami League leaders and activists are opting to spend Eid-ul-Azha in the flood-hit districts of the country in a goodwill gesture to the several million people who have been affected by the disaster.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), at least 198 people died during the flooding in Bangladesh between July 16 and August 29. They included 168 people who drowned and at least 16 people who died from snake bites.
The ruling party has chalked out several plans to ease the suffering of the victims, who are estimated by the UN to number 6.9 million in total.
According to party insiders, the Awami League high command in a recent party meeting ordered all its leaders, activists and supporters to stand by the affected people, a high proportion of whom have been left homeless.
AL activists have already distributed food, sugar and vermicelli, and will distribute Qurbani meat among the flood-ravaged people on the day of Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday.
AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretary of Awami League central committee, already started distributing food among the flood victims in his home district of Madaripur yesterday.
Apart from providing food supplies and other necessary support, the Awami League leader is supposed to visit the flood victims in the district until September 4, the third day of Eid.
Awami League Central Working Committee Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury is gearing up to observe the religious festival in his Dinajpur 2 constituency, where at least 621,884 people have been affected had 30 have died.
The AL leader will distribute relief goods and Qurbani meat among the people in need, and has urged local leaders and activists to extend their helping hand in this regard.
Jamalpur-2 constituency lawmaker Faridul Haque Khan said the local unit Awami League and its associate organisations would “join hands in this case”.
Nearly 1.5 million people are reeling from the flood crisis in Jamalpur.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for Information Communication and Technology, has already visited his home district of Natore several times.
Lalmonirhat district Awami League has a plan to distribute meat to every affected person in the district, where 413,600 people are still bearing the brunt of the devastating flood.
Similar developments and plans were also reported in Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Naogaon, Bogra, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Rajshahi, Naogaon and Comilla.