Aila Victims' Woes Continue
Friday, 25 June 2010

Thousands of Cyclone Aila victims will have to remain in their makeshift homes at least until the next dry season.

Food and disaster management minister Abdur Razzaque admitted on Thursday that the government would not be able to return 70,000 victims of 14,000 families to their homes for several months more.

These people will have to spend the monsoon on the embankments under the open sky although nearly 15 months have passed since the cyclone hit Khulna and Satkhira in May 2009.

A donor consortium led by UNDP has, however, undertaken a Tk 63 crore project to meet the essential needs of the Aila victims.

The project will provide them with food, accommodation and other necessities for an interim period of three to four months, Razzaque said.

After the latest review of Aila situation, the minister talked to reporters where disaster management and relief secretary Mokhlesur Rahman was also present.


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