PM’s love, compassion for flood-hit haor people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday demonstrated her extraordinary love and compassion towards the flood-hit haor people, as she visited some affected areas of the upazila in the northeastern district of Sunamganj, reports BSS.

After distributing relief materials among the people of the flood-affected Shalla upazila on Shahid Ali Model High School premises in the upazila headquarters this morning, the Prime Minister went by speedboat to some remote areas surrounded by vast water bodies.

While visiting the areas, Sheikh Hasina distributed cash from her own fund and rice among some 100 flood-stricken families.

At that time, she talked to the people and inquired about their wellbeing.

When she asked the children of haor areas whether they got textbooks on the first day of the calendar year, the children answered in the affirmative.

“We’ve received the textbooks on the first day (of the year),” they told the prime minister together jubilantly.

Realising the problem of movement of the school-going children during the monsoon, Sheikh Hasina said the government will construct residential schools in haor and hilly areas of the country.

The Prime Minister arrived here at about 10 in the morning by Air Force helicopter to see for herself the woes of the flood-affected people of the haor areas.

Before landing at a nearby ground of Shahid Ali Model High School in Shalla upazila, the premier witnessed the flood-hit areas from helicopter.

Upon her arrival, the Prime Minister addressed a gathering at Shahid Ali Model High School.

She later distributed over 38 kgs of rice and Tk 1000 each to 20 selected persons among 1000 people.

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, State Minister for Water Resources Nazrul Islam, Awami League Joint Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary Ahmed Hossain and local parliament member Joya Sengupta, among others, accompanied the premier during her visit to the flood-hit haor areas.

Meanwhile, the flood-affected people who received rice and money from the Prime Minister thanked her for standing beside them during their bad time.

When this correspondent talked to a number of flood victims from different villages of Shalla, they expressed gratitude to the government and said they are happy over its (government) initiatives for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit people.