|Published : 18 Apr 2017, 18:05:54|
BNP demands relief for flood-hit haor areas
BNP demanded the government declare flood-hit haor areas as disaster ones, and provide the victims with relief materials until the new crops are harvested.
Party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the demand at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday, reports UNB.
Fakhrul alleged that though different haor areas in Netrokona, Kishoreganj, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar and Habiganj were affected by flashflood caused by excessive rain and onrush of water from upstream, the government did not take any effective step to tackle the natural disaster and assuage the sufferings of the victims.
He said crops on around 350,000 hectares of land in the flood-hit areas have so far been completely damaged, putting the farmers in serious predicament.
“Losing their lone crop of the year, the farmers in the haor areas are passing through an inhuman life. Lakhs of affected people are facing a humanitarian crisis in those areas, as the government assistance is insufficient. The current government is not standing beside the flood-hit people as it was not elected with their votes,” the BNP leader said.
Referring to his recent visit to different flood-affected areas in Netrokona district, Fakhrul said the victims told him that they were going through inhuman situation amid the shortage of food as their crops were completely damaged. “The government is distributing inadequate relief materials as eyewash.”