Tk 20m and 7,000 tonnes rice for Roanu victims
26 May 2015, Nirapad News: Dhaka, May 25: As part of an immediate relief efforts to deal with cyclone ‘Roanu’, the government has allocated 7,000 tonnes of rice and Tk 20 million (Tk 2 crore) for 5 cyclone-prone districts in Bangladesh since May 19.
“We have been continuing our relief distribution activitiesfrom the allocated rice and cash money among the cyclone hit people of five worst-affected coastal districts since May 19,” M Khalid Mahmood, Director (planning) of Department of Disaster Management, told a news agency on Wednesday. The five districts are Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Noakhali and Patuakhali, he said.
Mahmood said as these five districts are the worst affected cyclone-hit areas, the government is intensifying its relief distribution operation, where almost 50 per cent of total allocation is needed.
“We have been able to distribute major portion of the allocated money and rice and the joint need assessment group comprising Department of Disaster Management and non-government organisations is working to assess total extent of damages caused by ‘Roanu’,” he said.
“It will take 15 to 20 working days more to prepare a complete report. After getting the assessment report, the government will take all necessary initiatives to rehabilitate and minimise damages of cyclone affected people,” he said, adding “We cannot assess the extent of damage caused to agriculture and livestocks …. We will send the damage report to relevant organizations wihin the quickest possible time to help the cyclone victims.”
The cyclone-prone 15 coastal district are Chittagong, Cox’ s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirojepur, Jhalakathi, Khulna, Bagerhat and Sathkhia.