A total of 306 homeless families in the district have got disaster-resilient houses under the government’s Disaster Resilient House Construction Programme.
Of the houses, 40 were built in Gaibandha Sadar, 43 in Sundarganj, 46 in Sadullapur, 39 in Palashbari, 41 in Gobindaganj, 46 in Saghata and 51 in Fulchhari upazilas.
Under the programme, the government has taken initiative for rehabilitation of homeless people all over the country, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin.
While talking to this correspondent, a good number of beneficiaries expressed their utter happiness over getting the coloured tin-shed houses.
Bulbuli Rani Rabidas, a widow of Piyerapur village in Sadar upazila, got a house like others.
After the demise of her husband, a cobbler by profession, Rani fell in great trouble to run the family and she was compelled to work as domestic help.
Rani said she is very happy to get the house as she had no ability to repair her worn-out hut.
Another beneficiary Ziarul of Mollarchar union in Sadar upazila said he has been living in a makeshift shed after losing all his belonging to river.
“I am very grateful to the authority for providing a house,” he said.
According to district administration, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief allocated Tk 89.48 lakh for construction of 306 dwelling houses.
Each house contains two rooms, a toilet and a kitchen, said A K M Edris Ali, district relief and rehabilitation officer.
The DC said the government will also allocate Tk 12.60 crore for construction of 420 more disaster-resilient houses for homeless people in this fiscal year.