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Govt to build houses for flood victims: Maya

KURIGRAM, July 17, 2017 (BSS) - Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya today said the government would construct houses for flood affected people in flood-prone districts.

"The government will also arrange different employment-generation programmes for the distress people after receding of the flood water in the districts", he said while addressing a relief distribution programme here.

The minister, at the programme, distributed relief among 1,200 flood victims in Chilmari and Ulipur char areas of the district.

Ruhul Amin MP, Secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry M Shah Kamal and Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh M Ferdous Khan, among others, were present.

Maya also urged the local NGO's to postpone loan installment of the distress flood affected people for one year.

He assured the people of the locality that the government would always stay beside them until their sufferings diminish.

Maya said food items and cash would be allocated as per the demand of the district administration and the relief distribution programme will be continued till the flood situation gets normal.

The minister also asked the district administration and public representatives to do their best and ensure that no one suffers for want of food.

"The government is monitoring the flood situation carefully... Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also enquiring about the situation regularly and giving directions to the ministry," said Maya.

Maya also asked the medical teams to visit the shelter centres in the flood affected areas regularly and to ensure safe drinking water for them.

Earlier, the minister arranged a special meeting with the district disaster management committee at the deputy commissioner conference room last night.

The government has allocated 6,100 tonnes of rice, Taka over 1.55 crore and 39,000 packets of dry foods for flood victims, he added.

The government also distributed rice among 3.80 lakh flood affected families under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme in Sylhet region.