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12:00 AM, August 21, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:12 AM, August 21, 2017

Flood victims to get food support for 3 months: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that the government would provide food assistance to the flood-affected families for the next three months until the next crops are harvested.

She also said the government would do everything possible to ensure their food, healthcare and other necessities.

"Arrangements have been made so that flood-affected people get food, and this will continue," she said.

The PM made the announcement while addressing a rally at Dinajpur Zila School Shelter Centre marking the distribution of relief materials among the flood victims of the region.

Hasina yesterday visited Dinajpur and Kurigram to see for herself the condition of the flood victims of the two northern districts.

The PM distributed relief goods among the flood-hit people now in Dinajpur Zila School shelter under Dinajpur Sadar and Teghara High School shelter under Birol upazila of the northern district.

Mentioning that the government has been providing rice at Tk 10 a kg among 50 lakh families, she said relief materials would reach all the flood-affected people. "Please trust us in this regard."

Hasina said the government started importing food grains from abroad, and there was an adequate stock of food in Bangladesh.

She said the government would rehabilitate flood-affected families who lost their homes. "No one will remain homeless in the country, while the government will ensure food for all."

The PM said it was her responsibility to ensure houses for every citizen, and the government of Awami League was working to provide homeless people with houses on khas land.

She said steps had also been taken to again provide books to the students who lost those in the flood.

Pointing to a possible outbreak of various waterborne diseases after floodwater recedes, Hasina asked the health ministry and the officials concerned to remain alert about it and work in a coordinated manner so that such situation could not arise.

She said the organisations concerned, including LGRD and LGED, had been directed to take necessary measures to reconstruct damaged houses, roads and other infrastructures.

About relief distribution activities, the PM said various government agencies, Ansar, VDP members and leaders and workers of AL, were working to this end, keeping in mind the needs of the respective areas.

Hasina told the rally that her government had taken every step to lessen the sufferings of the people as well as loss of property.

Terming Bangladesh a disaster-prone country, Hasina urged people to rely on her government, saying it was her responsibility to stand beside the people of Bangladesh as long as she was alive.

Hasina also went to Teghara High School shelter in Birol upazila and distributed relief materials among the flood-affected people.

After the flood, Hasina said her government would give collateral-free loan for sharecroppers in the future, while it would provide support to the people who lost their houses in riverbank erosion.

In Kurigram, the PM said the government had taken all the necessary steps so that people do not suffer during any natural disaster.

"The Awami League government is your government. As long as the Awami League is in power, people won't face any unnecessary problem," she said while addressing the flood-hit people at a rally at Panga Rani Kakki Priya School and College ground.

The rally was held prior to the distribution of relief materials among the flood victims by the PM.

Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya and AL Organising Secretary BM Mozammel, MP, among others, addressed the rally.

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