Health camp opened to help Assam’s flood victims

September 5th, 2009 - 7:21 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Sep. 5 (ANI): A health camp was opened on Saturday for flood-affected people of Phooloni village and in its neighbouring areas in Assam.

The camp has the facilities for medical examination and free distribution of medicines.

Phooloni is one of the many villages in Majuli islands of the state, which was inundated by floodwaters following breach in an embankment of river Brahmaputra last moth.

The flood which displaced thousands of people from 70 villages made people susceptible to waterborne diseases.

The camp is a precautionary measure to give timely medical assistance to the people thereby preventing spread of any disease.

The camp, which will continue for a week, has been organised by the Majuli Sub-Divisional Administration, Jorhat.

The villagers are happy that they are getting free medical assistance.

“We are happy with the government’s initiative to provide free medical checkup and distribute free medicines to people devastated by flood. We also thank those who are helping us at this critical time,” said Dev Singh, a villager.

While many villagers have returned to their houses, many are still living in safer areas. The world’s largest river island was submerged for the second time this year as the Brahmaputra River breached an embankment in Matmora region in August.

The floods were caused by incessant heavy rains for five days when it breached an embankment.

Heavy rainfall, upstream caused the second wave of flooding on the whole Upper Majuli area and displaced around 30 thousand people, and destroyed thousands of hectares of crop. (ANI)

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