3.30 lakh affected haor families to get 30 kg rice, Tk 500 each per month: Maya

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Dhaka, April 23: The government on Sunday has decided to provide food and cash among the flash-flood farmers of haor areas and each family to get 30kg of rice and cash Tk 500 per month.

The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting held at the ministry of disaster management and relief with minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya in the chair.

However, the meeting also informed that a total of 1,276 metric tonnes of fish and 3,844 ducks have died in haor areas due to contamination of waters.

Besides, crops of two lakh hectares have totally been destroyed damaging six lakh tonnes of rice in haor areas.

“We will provide 30 kilogrammes of rice and Tk 500 cash per month to each family as part of the relief for haor people affected due to flash flood,” the minister came up with the announcement after an inter-ministerial meeting.

Besides, some 1,71,715 families of the affected areas will get relief materials through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme and Open Market Sale (OMS), Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said.

“The situation has not been aggravated to declare the affected haor areas as distress areas,” he said in reply to a query.

About 80-86 percent crops of Sunamganj haor has destroyed due to flash flood, he added.

The minister said 33-35 lakh metric tonnes of rice and TK 50 crore will be provided to 3.30 lakh affected ultra-poor families in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona and Kishoreganj haor districts.

The government will keep providing with relief among them as long as the water will exist in the areas and if the situation is not normal within these 100 days, Maya added.

Describing four districts — Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Sylhet and Netrakona-out of six as the worst affected ones, Maya said farmers of the districts are unable to harvest their Boro crops due to the sudden flood caused by the onrush of hill water and heavy rain.

A high-powered committee was formed with the joint secretaries of all the ministries as its members at the meeting. The additional secretary of disaster management ministry will lead the committee.

They will visit the disaster affected areas and will submit a report with recommendations over the issue in 15 days.

Secretaries of Water resources, Finance, Agriculture, Food, Environment, Fisheries and Livestock ministries and director generals from various departments attended at the meeting.