Affected haor families to get 30 kg rice, Tk 500 cash

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Pns: The government will provide 30 kgs of rice and Tk 500 cash every month under a 100-day scheme to each affected family of disaster-hit haor areas, said Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Sunday. "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 30 kgs of rice and Tk 500 as emergency support," said Maya. The minister came up with the information while talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting over the flood situation in haor areas held at Bangladesh Secretariat with the minister in the chair.
Besides, some 1,71,715 families of the affected areas will get relief materials through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme and Open Market Sale (OMS), he said. Describing four districts-Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Sylhet and Netrakona-out of six as the worst affected ones, Maya said farmers of the districts are 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, and the committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 days, he said. He also said the government will continue support to the victims of the haor areas until they could return to the normal life. Maya also urged all to come forward and provide assistance to the disaster-affected people.
PNS/Tamanna Khan

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