Govt allocates 21,900 MT rice, Tk7.54cr for flood victims

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DHAKA, Aug 23, 2017 (BSS) – The government has allocated 21,900 metric ton (MT) rice, Tk 7.54 crore in cash and 55,000 packets of dry food for the flood hit people in 32 districts since August 9.

“We have already disbursed 21,900 MT rice along with Tk 7.54 crore and nearly 55,000 packets of dry food to the deputy commissioners of these districts,” said Mohammad Reaz Ahmed, Director General (DG) of the Department of Disaster Management and Relief.

In addition to this, the top relief official told BSS that some 31,980 pieces of corrugated iron sheet and nearly Taka 9.60 crore in cash has also been distributed among the flood hit people.

He said the flood situation is improving as the flood water in most of the districts is gradually receding.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioners have disbursed 13,153 tonnes of rice, Taka 3.97 crore in cash and 42,860 packets of dry food among the flood hit people in 32 districts.

Of the disbursed relief materials, the highest relief of 1,861 MT rice, Taka 69.55 lakh and 6,000 packets of dry food have been distributed in Kurigaram district against the allocation of 2000 MT rice, Taka 80 lakh and 6000 packets of dry food, said the latest report of the National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) under the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry.

Besides, 1,595 metric ton rice, Taka 62.50 lakh cash and 7000 packets of dry food have been distributed in Dinajpur.

According to the report, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur and Sirajganj have been identified as the worst flood affected districts of the country.

In Jamalpur, an estimated 1783 MT rice, Taka 36.50 lakh cash and 2000 packets dry food have so far been distributed.

An estimated 1036 MT rice, Taka 29.10 lakh cash and 2000 packets dry food have been distributed among the flood hit people in Gaibandha while 866 MT rice, Taka 17.95 lakh cash distributed in Lalmonirhat district.

In Sirajganj, 721 MT rice, Taka 17.41 lakh and 8000 packets dry food have been distributed among the flood-hit people.

An estimated 54 lakh people of more than 9000 villages under 201 upazilas of 32 districts have been affected by the devastating flood.

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