Vol. 5 Num 1141 Tue. August 14, 2007  

More bodies come to aid of flood victims

More organisations and individuals came to the aid of flood-affected people yesterday as relief operations continued in areas reeling under floods.

They distributed relief materials, including rice, lentil, biscuit, oral saline and medicines, to displaced flood victims.

Besides, foreign countries have provided succour for the flood-affected people.

Royal Thai Embassy: The Royal Thai embassy in Dhaka together with Thai community in Bangladesh is organising a charity fair on 'Food against Flood: Helping Hands for Flood Relief' on August 24 and 25 on the embassy premises to raise funds for the flood victims. The stalls would offer Thai food, Thai fruits, drinks, dessert and lucky draw.

The event is open to public with entrance fee of Tk 300 for adult and Tk 100 for children under 12 years and each will receive food coupon of equivalent value. The proceeds will be donated to flood victims.

Dhaka DC: Kamaluddin, deputy commissioner of Dhaka, distributed relief packages, containing 10 kg of rice, 1 kg of pulse, 1 litre of soybean, 1 kg of salt, six candles and six matches, among 500 flood-affected people at Kamrangir Char.

Muslim Aid UK and Jalalabad foundation: The two organisations jointly distributed relief materials among 500 families at Kanaighat in Sylhet. Each family received 10 kg of rice, 2 kg of pulse and 10 packets of oral saline.

The Muslim Aid would also launch water and sanitation programme at Kanaighat after floodwater recedes.

Actionaid: The non-government organisation has started relief distribution since August 1 and recently identified 1800 flood-affected families in Sirajganj, 2200 in Jamalpur and 1000 in Gaibandha. The families will be provided with 5 kg flattened rice, 1 kg molasses, 4 candles, 1 lighter, 10 water purification tablets, 1 soap, 4 packets of oral saline, dettol, suji and sugar. Moreover, the organisation is assisting the pregnant women and child delivery.

CARITAS: CARITAS has decided to spend Tk 15 crore on food, medicine, agricultural rehabilitation, generation of employment opportunities through repair of damaged roads and shelters for flood victims. Under the present relief programme, CARITAS is distributing 100 tons of rice, 20 tons of pulse, 10 tons of salt and 10,000 litre of soybean oil among 10,000 families.

FBCCI: The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) distributed relief in Madaripur and Shariatpur. The FBCCI is conducting relief operation in 38 flood-affected districts.

BGMEA: Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association distributed 1000 packets of relief materials, including rice, pulse, oil, salt, candles, matches and oral saline, at Nagarkanda in Faridpur.

BEPZA: The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the investors of EPZs have donated Tk 1.52 crore to the Chief Adviser's Relief Fund. The contributions include one day's salary of the BEPZA employees.

Awami Jubo League: The youth wing of Bangladesh Awami League distributed rice among 1000 people at Trimohini and Nodipara in Dhaka. Each person received 5 kg of rice. AL presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury led the relief operation.

JSD: Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal launched a programme to prepare oral saline for the distressed people. JSD President Hasanul Hauqe Inu inaugurated the programme at Shahid Col Taher auditorium in the city.

BSD: Central committee members of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal distributed rice, pulse, oral saline and medicine at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj.

CPB: Members of Dhaka committee of Communist Party of Bangladesh donated their one day's earning to its relief cell. Besides, it distributed relief among 150 families at Dariapur Bazar in Gaibandha. Each family received 5 kg of rice.

Charon Sangskriti Kendro: The DU unit of the organisation has distributed 6000 packets of oral saline among the people in Kurigram and Gaibandha.

Bangladesh Khetmajur Samity: The organisation distributed 1000 kg of rice and pulse among 250 families at Ulipur in Kurigram.

Bangladesh Students' Union: The organisation has distributed flattened rice, molasses, rice, pulse, water purifying tablets and 30000 packets of oral saline among the flood victims at Adabar, Madartek, Manikganj, Faridpur and Sirajganj.

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree: Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree and Sagnik Sahitya Sangskritik Parishad jointly distributed relief among the flood-hit people in Brahmanbaria.

Chhatra Moitree is also running a relief cell at its office and urged all to call at 01712746749, 01912465329 and 01556352897 if they want to donate relief materials or money.

BASIC bank: The employees of BASIC Bank Limited donated their two-days' salary to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for flood-affected people. Chairman of the bank and Secretary, Ministry of Industries, Dr Md Nurul Amin handed over the cheque for Tk 25 lakh to the chief adviser yesterday.

Banglalink: Banglalink has distributed relief materials among 1860 families at Mollarchar in Gaibandha. Banglalink is also conducting relief operations in Sylhet and Rajshahi.

Beximco Pharma: Officials of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited extended relief materials to flood-hit people in Tangail on Sunday.

Beximco Pharma officials in cooperation with local administration distributed relief materials among the Char people in Bhuapur, says a press release.

The officials and staff of Beximco Pharma have created a relief fund at their own initiative to collect and distribute relief materials.

Each relief packets includes flattened rice, molasses, biscuit and water purifying tablets.

Our Correspondent in Narayanganj adds: Narayanganj Chamber of Commerce (NCC), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association (BKMEA) and the police jointly conducted a relief distribution programme in Shitalakkhya pool area in Narayanganj yesterday.

Local Government and Rural Development Adviser Anwarul Iqbal distributed relief materials among the flood victims.

Speaking on the occasion, he said farmers would be given loans with a low interest rate after the flood situation improves.

Rice, lentil, potato, oral saline and medicine were distributed among 500 families. Each family also received Tk 100.

BKMEA President Fazlul Haque, NCC President Mohammad Ali, Deputy Inspector General, Dhaka, Nazmul Haque were also present.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Nur Mohammad also distributed relief materials among 1200 families in Alirtek.

Our Gaibandha correspondent adds: Agriculture adviser Dr CS Karim visited the flood-affected areas at Fulchhari and distributed relief materials among 555 families.

Besides, CARE Bangladesh, Oxfam GB, Practical Action, Gono Unnayan Kendro, Samaj Kallyan Sangstha also distributed relief materials among the flood victims in different parts of the district.

Flood Aid Concert

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel and Radio Foorti are jointly organising 'Flood Aid Concert-2007' to raise funds for the flood victims. The concert will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at 4:00pm today.

Tickets are available at Eastern Bank Ltd, Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches. The prices of the tickets are Tk 500 and Tk 1000. Radio Foorti will air the concert live.