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Bangladesh Red Crescent extends quick support to flood victims

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22nd June, 2022 06:31:46 PM
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Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has extended its quick support to helpless people in flood affected areas of Sylhet region.
More than 500 volunteers of the BDRCS are working to help the flood-affected people in the Sylhet region, the organization said. 
A number of volunteers’ teams of the organization are helping to evacuate flood-affected people to safe shelters and distribute dry and cooked food and clean drinking water in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona and other affected districts.
About the BDRCS’s support, Acting Chairman of the organization Md. Nur-Ur-Rahman said Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is working in solidarity with the government to stand by the flood-affected people. 
“At the moment, relief items are being provided in the flood shelters. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is also working to provide cash assistance to the families most affected by the floods," he added.
To help the victims of the fresh flood, 15,000 water purification tablets, 7,200 packets of dry food, 1,200 jerrycans, 1,000 dignity kits, 500 hygiene parcels and 50 life jackets have been sent so far to the flood-hit region. 
Safe drinking water supply has been started in Sylhet and Sunamganj through three mobile water purification units which allowing Red Crescent to distribute 20,000 litres  of drinking water each day. 
Besides, the volunteers of the Society are working closely with the Bangladesh Army in rescue operations to deal with the emergency.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has adopted a plan of Tk 54 crore to carry out relief operations in the affected areas.
 It requested the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and to all Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners for that support. Among the relief activities, food and livelihoods support, water and sanitation and shelter repair assistance are some key areas.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, with the support of the IFRC, has already distributed a total of 75,000 litres of safe drinking water to the flood victims this year. In addition, dry food to more than 6,000 people, 1,665 jerrycans and 1,000 hygiene parcels have been distributed. 
Free primary medical care services provided to flood victims through four medical camps. Considering the current situation, the Society has already sent four new medical teams to the affected districts.
The Society is seeking assistance from the local organizations and philanthropists for possible support to implement the ongoing relief efforts.