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US Ambassador formally closes tornado project
Fifty-nine families will be back in safe homes after a successful project to re-build following a devastating tornado in March. US Ambassador Dan Mozena attended the closing ceremony of the project this week. With funding from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, HFHB completed the construction of 50 houses with corrugated iron sheets, reinforced concrete pillars and wooden framework and cost savings have allowed us to build an additional nine houses. Three masonry training classes were also provided to the community. The tornado tore through 15 villages in the Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh on March 22, destroying several hundred homes in the Upazilas of Brahmanbaria Sadar, Akhaura, and Bijoynagor. The Habitat project targeted families from the Brahmanbaria Sadar Upazila, about 111km north east of Dhaka, where the government had authorised rebuilding.