DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.
“Many households’ earthen cooking stoves have been destroyed or are under water. The distribution of fortified biscuits provides much needed relief assistance to them,” explained WFP Representative Christa Räder.
Due to the ongoing rain and flooding as well as the breach of embankments, many people have been displaced from their homes and have sought refuge in shelters and on other embankments. Others, who have nowhere else to go, have remained in their flooded homes.
A total of 23 metric tons of biscuits are being distributed. The distributions began on Sunday in all three affected areas.
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