Khalsa Aid volunteers lend helping hand in flood-hit Assam

Government relief has yet to reach the villages which are still under water, reports an Indian newspaper

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Khalsa Aid volunteers in flood-hit Assam – Photo: Khalsa Aid International Facebook (19 July 2018)

Khalsa Aid is at work to providing relief to flood victims in some remote villages worst-hit by floods in Assam.

In an update via social media, Khalsa Aid reported that its India team was in the flood hit areas of Assam delivering vital aid supplies to those affected in District Cachar area.

ਅਸਾਮ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਾਏ ਹੜ੍ਹ ਪੀੜਤ ਪਰਿਵਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਲਈ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਏਡ ਟੀਮ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ। ਅਸਾਮ ਦੇ ਕਈ ਪਿੰਡ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਜਾਣਾ ਬੇਹੱਦ ਮੁਸ਼ਕਿਲ ਸੀ ਉੱਥੇ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਕੇ ਵਲੰਟੀਅਰਜ਼ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਰਾਹਤ ਸਮੱਗਰੀ ਤੇ ਰਾਸ਼ਨ ਮੁਹਈਆ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ।

The Sikh volunteers from Punjab first started in the south Assam districts – Karimganj, Cachar and Hailakandi – where volunteers distributed basic grocery packets and water-cleaning tablets. Government relief is yet to reach the villages which are still under water, reports Indian Express.

Gurpreet Singh, 24, from Patiala and Japneet Singh, 29, from Ludhiana in Punjab are leading the Khalsa Aid International team in Karimganj district along the India-Bangladesh border, according to the report.

Speaking to The Indian Express over the phone, Gurpreet Singh said, “Karimganj is the worst-hit district in Assam. We have selected those villages which are still under water and inaccessible by roads. We have hired boats from locals here and have started distributing ration packets in these villages. In some villages, there is still at least 11-feet water. Initially, we provided them with bottled water to drink. Now, we are distributing water-cleaning tablets and masks so that dirty water does not lead to bacterial infections and other water-borne diseases.”

He said that a team of at least nine volunteers from Khalsa Aid is working in Assam and travelling to the affected areas, using boats. Basic grocery items, sanitation kit and water-cleaning tablets are being distributed in remote villages, including Tukurgram, Kalain and Badarpur.

 

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