The Embassy of China in Bangladesh, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC), has donated US$ 200,000 to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist those affected by recent floods. Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming handed over the donation to BDRCS chairman Major General (Retd) ATM Abdul Wahab on Wednesday. BDRCS Managing Board Member M Manzurul Islam and Secretary General Kazi Shofiqul Azam were also present on the occasion held at the Embassy. Read: Flood death toll stands at 110: DGHS Ambassador Li said China is a long-standing partner for Bangladesh, as evidenced by China’s assistance to Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response and other disaster relief efforts. In the face of the flood situation in Sylhet, RCSC took the initiative to provide necessary support, and this is another example of how China is standing with Bangladesh all the time, he said. The Chinese envoy said China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh in the area of disaster relief and emergency response, so as to better serve the wellbeing of our two peoples. BDRCS Chairman Wahab said they have never seen this sort of flooding in our living memories in that region. Read:Sylhet flood situation improves as rivers recede Hundreds of thousands of people took refuge as their houses went under water and almost all their neighborhoods flooded. “Red Crescent Volunteer teams were on the ground helping people with much needed dry foods, cooked food and safe drinking water. This contribution from the Red Cross Society of China will help us to carry out relief and recovery operations in the affected areas,” he said.
Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd (AIBL) has donated Tk10 crore to Prime Minister's Relief and Welfare Fund for the flood-affected people. Alhajj Abdus Samad Labu, executive committee chairman of AIBL, handed over a cheque to Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the prime minister, at the Prime Minister's Office Monday. Also read: PM: Connectivity is key to national development Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the ceremony online. AIBL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Farman R Chowdhury and Bangladesh Association of Banks President Nazrul Islam Mazumder were also present, said a media statement Monday. Read AIBL launches ‘Islamic Wallet’
Huawei Technologies Bangladesh has stepped forward with relief materials to support the flood-hit people of Netrokona's Khaliajuri upazila. A relief distribution event was arranged in the district in this connection Saturday. Many districts of Bangladesh are going through a difficult phase as flash floods have affected people around the country, marooning thousands of people and putting their livelihood in jeopardy. Read Seeds for the Future winners visit Huawei Bangladesh headquarters So, Huawei distributed relief items among the needy and flood-affected people in the Netrokona district Saturday. Around 2,000 families received essential items such as rice, red lentils, potatoes, oral saline, sugar, flour and others. Huawei Bangladesh CEO Zhang Zhengjun said: "This relief programme is our holistic approach 'In Bangladesh, For Bangladesh – Here for you' towards the betterment of lives in the flood-affected areas, and this includes our efforts to make people's lives better." Read Huawei holds campus recruitment event at IUT Netrokona Deputy Commissioner Kazi Md Abdur Rahman said, "I would like to thank Huawei for standing beside the flood-affected people of Khaliajuri Upazila. Apart from the government's efforts, contributions from the organisations who have extended their help for the people living in these remote areas have given them a respite from the adversaries caused by the pandemic and the flood." Khaliajuri Upazila Nirbhahi Officer AHM Ariful Islam said, "For the last three years, Huawei has been distributing relief among flood-affected people of this region. This is a haor area and suffers from inundation most of the time of the year. Against such a backdrop, I think at least 15,000-16,000 people have come under the relief programme. I hope such an initiative will be extended and Huawei will select remote areas like Khaliajuri in future." Read Akij sets up rooftop solar plant with Huawei's technology
Up to 2.5 lakh flood-hit people in Cox’s Bazar district are facing shortage of food and drinking water even if the district administration and public representatives are reaching relief to the affected areas. The floods, caused by four days of incessant rains, left 21 people dead and caused extensive damage to crops and roads across 51 unions in Ramu, Cox’s Bazr Sadar, Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas of the coastal district. Read: Floods, landslides hit Rohingya camps hard: UNHCR The administration said it will assess the extent of the damages as flood waters began receding on Saturday. The affected people, meanwhile, have reported scarcity of pure drinking water and shortage of food. According to the district administration, Of the 71 unions and four municipalities in the district 51 unions and 525 villages of a municipality got flooded. Administrative authorities and local representatives are trying their best to help the flood affected people by providing, drinking water, cooked and dried food and other relief. Deputy Commissioner of the district Md Mamunur Rashid said 300 MT rice and Tk 20 lakh has been allocated by the government for the flood affected people. Read: Disaster-resilient shelters built in Cox's Bazar with IOM support The allocation will be increased in phases, he said. Primary estimate of loss from the flood is worth Tk 32 crore , said the authorities. Once the flood waters recede the actual picture of damage will be known and the damaged health services, roads, agriculture, fisheries, salt and protective dams will be restored, said DC Mamunur Rashid. Already 2,000 packets of dried food and Tk 15 lakh have been distributed among flood-affected people, he said.
There have been 59 reported incidents of corruption in relief distribution across the country in various projects, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman has said.