Flood victims have no peace, no eid

This Eid offers no joys to the flood victims of the country’s
worst-affected northern districts, who lost to the deluge
everything they had — standing crops, shelters and
valuables.
‘This time we will just recall the memories of Eid
celebrations in the past,’ says 45-year-old share cropper
Majedur Rahman, with a ring of sadness in his voice.
Majedur, a dweller of Dogachhi under Biral upazila in
Dinajpur, whose house and valuables have been washed
away and crop fields damaged by the floods, told New Age
that he did not even have adequate food with which to
pass Eid-ul-Azha, one of biggest festivals of the Muslims
to be celebrated on September 2.
‘My four children are sad and hopeless as I have nothing to
buy them anything… We can’t be happy this Eid,’ he added.
The same is for most of the flood-affected people of
Dinajpur, where the government estimated over 1.5 lakh
families affected by the recent floods.
The floods also claimed lives of 30 people and destroyed
crops of 1, 21,170 hectares of lands in the district.
Dinajpur deputy commissioner Mir Khairul Alam, however,
claimed that the affected families could also enjoy the Eid
as the government as well as different private organisations
and individuals were providing food and financial
assistance for the flood victims.
He claimed that they had already started rehabilitating the
affected farmers with providing seeds and saplings and the
displaced families with housing materials and cash.
Khairul said that they would help rebuilding houses of
19,000 worst-affected families.

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