Sylhet flood victims receive cash, relief materials

Published: June 24, 2018 16:49:20 | Updated: June 25, 2018 14:43:07

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The government has distributed a total of 1,686 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 1.857 million among the flood affected people in two districts of Sylhet region.

According to the district administrations of Sylhet and Moulvibazar, a total of 251 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 0.38 million were distributed among flood victims in Sylhet district while 1,435 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 1.477 million in Moulvibazar district.

Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet Numeri Zaman said adequate relief materials were sent to the upazila administrations of the district asking to distribute those among the flood victims.

If necessary, he said, the allocation of relief materials would be increased further.

“A total of 1,435 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 1.477 million have been allocated for the flood-hit people in Moulvibazar. Of the total allocation, we have already distributed 1,367 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 1.477 million among the flood affected people. The remaining 68 metric tonnes of rice will be distributed soon,” Deputy Commissioner of Moulvibazar Tofael Islam briefed the media.

The overall flood situation in Moulvibazar district improved further as the water levels of the Manu and Dhalai rivers remain in falling trend, he said.

However, the people have returned to their homes as the water receded from Moulvibazar municipality, Kulaura, Kamalganj, Rajnagar and Sadar upazila areas, the DC said.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya visited the flood-hit areas and assured the flood victims of continuing relief operation for them until the flood situation is improved.

He asked the civil surgeons and upazila healthcare centres to keep medicine reserved to avert the outbreak of diseases after the flood there.

Over 150,000 and 200,000 people were affected by flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts this year.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) on Sunday predicted that the major rivers of the North-Eastern region – Surma and Kushiyara – may continue rising in next 24 hours and the existing flood situation in Sylhet district may slightly deteriorate, reports BSS.

The water of Surma River is flowing 58 cm above the danger level at Kanaighat station while water of Kushiyara River is flowing 19 cm, 27 cm and 20 cm above the danger level at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet stations.

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