1,136 camps set up for flood-affected victims in Midnapore

June 24th, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Midnapore, June 24 (ANI): Nearly four lakh people affected by the flood in West Bengal have been provided with shelter in 1,136 camps in the worst affected Midnapore district. The flood relief camps have also been set up in schools of the district. According to official figures, residents of 7810 villages across 32 blocks have been affected by the floods. The floodwater has started receding, but it has left a trail of destruction behind it. Most of the stockpiled rice and pulses have been destroyed by the floodwater. It has also devastated the farmlands and villagers feel that the difficult times are still ahead as they do not have any option other than agriculture. The camps have provided temporary shelter to villagers but they are dissatisfied with the relief work coming through the Government. The Government claims to have distributed 221 medical teams with 10 lakh pieces of halogen tablets, 40,000 packets of Oral re-hydration salts (ORS), 170 vials of anti-venom serum and 1.55 lakh water pouches but villagers refute this claim. With most of the mud houses collapsed, these villagers see their future uncertain and are worried about their shelter as they would be asked to leave the camps after floodwater recedes completely. (ANI)

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