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 |  Relief News : A  Brief  Report as on 30 June 2008

Flood Relief: Torrential rains this month caused havoc in West Bengal and nearby states.  Lakhs of people were severely affected; thousands of them became homeless and took shelter in schools, clubs and on the roadside.  Our centres started relief operations immediately.  Details of the relief materials distributed are given below.




(i) Ghatshila:  For 5 days, the centre served food items four times a day (meals twice, and tea and snacks also twice) to 82 flood victims whose houses in Dahigora locality of Ghatshila on the bank of Subarnarekha River had been washed away in the flood.

(ii) Jamshedpur – 1260 kg rice, 202 kg dal, 60 kg potatoes, 5 kg spices, 5 kg chira, 4 kg sugar and 30 sets of utensils (each set containing 1 handi, 1 karai, 1 khunti, 1 hata, 6 plates and 5 glasses) to 1030 flood victims belonging to 5 villages of East Singhbhum and Sarailkela-Kharsawan districts.  Besides, the centre distributed assorted clothes to 355 persons and treated 131 patients.


(b) West Bengal:


(i) Belgharia – 26,910 kg chira, 72 kg milk powder, 2691 kg sugar, 3570 packets of biscuits, 3570 candles, 7140 matchboxes and 3,57,000 halogen tablets to 18,620 flood victims belonging to 11 villages of Dasagram, Gokulpur and Gopinathpur in Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur districts.  Besides, the centre rescued, with the help of our speedboat, 219 persons who were stranded owing to the flood.


(ii) Chandipur – 39,500 kg chira, 3590 kg sugar, 6360 packets of biscuits, 6000 candles, 10,200 matchboxes and 2,34,000 halogen tablets to 82,052 victims belonging to 83 villages of Bhagawanpur - I & II and Chandipur blocks in Purba Medinipur district.

(iii) Contai 20,000 kg chira, 5000 kg sugar, 25 cartons of biscuits and 2,00,000 halogen tablets to 8366 flood-affected families belonging to 75 villages of Egra  and Contai sub-divisions in Purba Medinipur district.



(iv) Medinipur – 51,000 kg chira, 5100 kg sugar, 3000 packets of biscuits, and 3,00,000 halogen tablets to 50,627 victims belonging to 113 villages of Dantan - I & II, Keshiari, Narayangarh and Sabang blocks in Paschim Medinipur district.

(v) Narendrapur – 72,806 plates of cooked food (khichuri), 3265 kg chira, 1288 kg gur, 17,000 ORS packets, 82,000 halogen tablets, 1750 jerrycans, 72,000 water-purifier packets and 4000 kg bleaching powder in Patashpur - I & II, Bhagawanpur - I & II, Egra - I & II, Chandipur and Panskura - I blocks in Purba Medinipur district, and Narayangarh, Sabang and Debra blocks in Paschim Medinipur district.



(vi) Tamluk – 17,363 kg chira, 1736 kg sugar and 17,36,300 halogen tablets to 17,363 victims belonging to Pingla block in Paschim Medinipur district. 


    Tsunami Rehabilitation: Port Blair: To overcome the acute shortage of drinking water in the Andamans, caused by the salination of fresh water in the area by the recent tsunami, our Port Blair centre has set up a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Based Water Treatment Plant for producing potable water from pond / well / rain water, as a part of the Mission's Tsunami Rehabilitation Project.  The production capacity of the plant is 13,000 litres of drinking water per day.


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