Bangladesh missions in US raise Tk 3.5cr for cyclone victims
The Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC along with Bangladesh consulates in Los Angeles and New York has so far raised Tk 3.5 crore in donations for the cyclone-affected people in the country.
In response to the public appeal made by the embassy, members of the Bangladeshi American community and many US friends of Bangladesh made donations to the Chief Adviser's Relief Fund maintained with the Bangladesh embassy and consulates.
The embassy has already taken necessary measures to send the money to Bangladesh at the quickest possible time, said a press release yesterday.
Bangladesh missions in the US are engaged in raising more funds for the cyclone victims and are working with the community members for this purpose.
News agency ENA from New York yesterday reported that Greater Noakhali Samity in New York City is campaigning to collect warm clothes for the cyclone-affected people.
"It is winter and they need clothes," Hazi Obaidul Haque, president of the Samity, told ENA.
Meanwhile, CARE has provided emergency food packages and relief materials to about 185,000 people and the current phase will end in early December.
CARE is now starting to shift its focus to the support that will enable people to return to their villages and rebuild their lives, said a press statement.
CARE said although substantial amounts of food are now moving into the cyclone-affected area, distribution has been uneven, with some villages getting sufficient supplies, and others being bypassed.
According to an update yesterday by the Office of United Nations Resident Coordinator, different countries have so far contributed US$ 213,083,282 for the relief and rehabilitation programme.