Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  

More donations for flood victims

Different government, non-government and international organisations continue to donate to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund and distribute relief among the flood victims.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer yesterday said Australia would provide A$ 1.6 million for the flood victims, says a press release.

Meanwhile, Australian High Commissioner Douglas Foskett said Australia has provided humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh in response to natural emergencies in the past, and remained strongly committed to support the people of Bangladesh, particularly during such difficult times, the release added.

Noting that the World Food Programme has already been distributing 142 tonnes of High Energy Biscuits valued at A$106,000 funded by Australia, Downer added that a further A$1.5 million will be made available to WFP to support their relief and recovery activities.

In response to the request of the Save the Children Sweden Denmark, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated DKK 1 million through Save the Children in Denmark for providing humanitarian assistance to the flood victims, a press release from the Embassy of Denmark in Dhaka said.

The assistance includes food, non-food items and cash, water purifying tablets, house building materials, educational materials, etc. The Save the Children Sweden Denmark will implement the programme in Dhaka, Comilla, Chandpur, Netrokona and Kurigram in collaboration with local partner NGOs.

World Vision
World Vision has allocated Tk 1.66 crore for 23,950 families. Every family is provided with a relief package of 10-15 kg rice, 1-2 kg lentil, 1 kg salt, 1-2 kg flattened rice, 1-2 kg molasses, 1-2 kg sugar, 1-2 liter soybean oil, 2-3 kg potato, biscuit, milk powder, candle, match box, oral saline, water purifying tablets and other medicines.

Brac yesterday distributed 750 packets of relief materials among the flood victims at Kushuripara, Kayakirtan and Selamoti villages at Srinagar upazila of Munshiganj, says a press release.

Each packet contains rice, molasses, oral saline, water purifying tablets, and medicines for cold and diarrhoea.

Brac is set to cover 19,502 affected families in Munshiganj. Brac will also participate in the rehabilitation programme.

Representatives of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) handed over 1000 packets of relief materials to Mohammad Akhtar Ali Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Tangail, yesterday. BGMEA had so far distributed 7000 packets of relief materials in Sirajganj, Kurigram and Tangail since August 6.

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BKMEA) will distribute relief materials in Narayanganj district from tomorrow, says a press release. It also already started providing meals twice a day among the flood victims at a gruel kitchen it set up yesterday.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) launched its relief cell and relief funds yesterday at Col Taher auditorium in the city, says a press release.

Leaders of JSD and its sister associations donated relief items such as medicines, food and cash to JSD President Hasanul Haq Inu and General Secretary Sayed Jafar Sajjad following the opening of the relief cell.

JSD leaders will also distribute relief materials among the flood victims in Sirajganj Sadar and Belkuchi upazila today.

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will open a 'Relief Operations Coordination Cell' today.

CPB is opening the relief cell with a view to further extending and coordinating the relief operations of the CPB volunteers who had been conducting relief works such as distributing relief materials, undertaking projects including supplying pure for the last 10 days across the nation.

Ganatantri Party
Ganatantri Party will start distributing relief materials across the country from the next week. A 19-member sub-committee was set up yesterday in this connection. District leaders were asked to maintain regular communications with the sub-committees and to generously participate in the relief works.

Other NGOs
RDRS has started its second phase relief operations with a budget of Tk 1.80 crore after completing the initial emergency relief operation of Tk 60 lakhs in the northern districts.

Besides, several member NGOs of Bangladesh NGO Federation, including Samata, BURO, RIC, CMES have been conducting relief works in different areas, say press releases.

Muslim Hands Bangladesh will distribute relief materials at Khoshabari in Sirajganj today. The relief materials will include rice, potato and oral saline.

IMPACT Foundation Bangladesh (IFB) distributed relief materials, including 18 different food items and life-saving drugs, among 500 flood-affected families in Sirajganj district on August 8. IMPACT will also distribute relief materials among 1000 families of Gala Union today, says a press release.

Meanwhile, Oitijhya, a publishing house, have decided to donate two percent of its proceedings from the Oitijhya Book Festival for the flood victims.

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman, ward commissioners, officials and employees of KCC donated Tk 11.31 lakh and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries donated Tk 25 lakh yesterday while Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) donated one day's salary of the officials and staff worth over Tk 1.10 lakh on August 7 to the relief fund of the chief adviser.