Flood victims desperately look for relief

Mahamudul Hasan . Kurigram | Published at 12:30am on August 19, 2017

Seven-year-old Shakila has been suffering from fever for more than a week but she could not be taken to physician. Now lying on the floor of Rajarvita Senior Madrassah under Chilmari in Kurigram, she is too weak to stand up.
Her mother Shahnaj Begum told New Age at Madrassah building that they took shelter at the Madrassah building on August 11 after their house went under flood water.
She said that they could not take Shakila to physician or call any physician as they could not afford the expense.
Shahnaj, mother of two daughters and a son, said that she even could not
give her daughter food from Thursday night as their small stock of rice had finished.
‘I have been desperately looking for relief money and food to take my ailing daughter to hospital and to feed my three children. Since the day I came here, none came to help us,’ she said.
Asked about her husband, Shahnaj said that her rickshaw-puller husband could not earn money for last 15 days due to illness.
‘It has already become difficult for me to survive,’ she lamented.
Over 100 families have taken shelter at the Madrassah building after their houses were submerged in flood water. They claimed that nobody came with relief materials.
At the embankment in Rajarvita area, similar claim was made by most of the flood victims who had taken shelter there.
Saleha Khatun, an elderly woman, said that she was taking one meal a day, that also by collecting some rice from other flood victims. She claimed that she had been eagerly waiting for relief but none came.
Local UP member Motiar Rahman said that over 2,000 families had taken shelters on the embankment after being displaced by the flood.
He claimed that he received an allocation of 10 kilogram of rice for each of only 205 families.
‘I have nothing to do for the aggrieved flood victims unless I receive more relief materials for them,’ he added.
Like the Rajavita area of Chilmari, insufficient relief was forcing most of the flood victims of other areas of Kurigram to starve.
But the district administration refuted the claim of insufficient relief.
Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan, deputy commissioner of Kurigram, said that each of the flood victims was not entitled to get government relief.
‘We have sufficient relief materials in stock. We are giving allocation of the relief materials on a priority basis,’ he said.
Ferdous said that many flood victims had already started going back to their houses as flood water was receding.
According to him, flood affected people had taken shelters in 200 places of the district but on Friday the number of shelters reduced to 144.