Tibetan exiles in India send relief material to flood victims in Bihar

September 6th, 2008 - 11:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharmsala/Shimla, Sept 6 (ANI): Tibetan exiles in India in Himachal Pradesh set up flood relief camps to collect clothes, blankets and donations for flood victims in Bihar as part of their solidarity with the victims.
Activists of Tibetan-youth Congress (TYC) have set up flood relief teams to coordinate relief work and to provide support to the ones affected by the disaster.
The Bihar flood relief team will include volunteers who will work on the field in Bihar for rehabilitation and rebuilding houses.
Tibetans exiles in Dharamsala on Saturday collected clothes, blankets, food items and donations for the flood victims, facing worst flooding in 50 years.
We want to help those people who have become the victims and still millions people have become homeless, thousands of people have lost their lives. So as a human being and being a Tibetan we believe that India has helped us a lot in last 50 years so we want to help those who have been affected by the floods in Bihar, Pempa Tsering, Secretary of International Relations, Tibetan Youth Congress.
TYC have made arrangements for sending relief materials from Tibetan communities in the entire country.
Relief material bags will be transported free of cost from Shimla to New Delhi and the members of TYC will transport it to Bihar.
Today all the members of Tibetan Youth Congress came here. They were working for the last two-three days. They have brought clothes and blankets packed in about 15-20 big bags. And this is very appreciable task, as all this relief material will be going to Bihar for the flood victims, said Harjeet Kumar Manga, goods transporter, Shimla.
The flooding was caused after the Kosi River breached a dam in Nepal. This unleashed huge wave of water that smashed mud embankments downstream in Bihar.
The waters of Kosi, known as Bihar’’s ”river of sorrow” for its regular floods and tendency to change course, gushed into the state inundating vast areas and affecting around two million people.
Millions are now living on embankments, roads and in overcrowded camps making them extremely vulnerable to infections and water-borne diseases in the absence of drinking water, aid agencies say.
The floods have forced out more than three million people from their homes, destroyed 100,000 hectares of farmland and killed at least 90 people.
Home to 90 million people, Bihar is one of India’’s poorest states and nearly 56 per cent of its young children are malnourished, far higher than the 43 per cent average nationally, UNICEF officials said. (ANI)

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