Ranchi’s district administration has teamed up with social outfits to help flood victims in neighbouring Bihar.
Around 10 social organisations have joined hands to collect relief materials and package them as family relief kits from Sunday. The first lot of relief packages will leave for Bihar on August 10, with Ranchi district administration arranging their transport, deputy commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray said on Monday.
Ray said social outfits would bring relief materials to various collection points from where the district administration would arrange the transport of the items free of cost to Bihar.
“We did it last year for flood-hit Kerala. We welcome contributions from residents and organisations from other districts of Jharkhand as well. They can contact us or the social organisations,” said Ray.
Organisations involved in the initiative include Rotary Ranchi Central, Fallen Leaves, Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha, Petroleum Dealers Association (South Chotanagpur), Jharkhand Civil Society, Mukti, Gurunanak Higher Secondary School, Jharkhand Sikh Youth Federation, Life Savers Ranchi and Jharkhand Thalassaemia Foundation.
Founder member of Jharkhand Thalassaemia Foundation and senior functionary of Life Savers Ranchi Atul Gera said collection points were conveniently located.
“The Gurdwara (on Main Road), Ladies Corner (on Main Road), Hotel Konark (on Station Road) and Jharkhand Thalassaemia Foundation (in Firayalal Compound, opposite Radisson Blu) are the collection points so far. One more may be added soon. People can either donate a few things or an entire kit depending on their budget ,” said Gera. “We welcome all contributions.”
People can donate rice, dal, cooking oil, coconut oil, sugar, salt, spices, tea and milk powder; sanitary items such as soap, detergent, toothpaste and toothbrush; medicines, clothes and slippers; bed sheets and blankets; mats, utensils, torches, candles and matchboxes and kerosene stoves.
Data released by Bihar disaster management department puts the number of flood-hit people at 88.4 lakh so far. These people are grappling with floods and their aftermath — homelessness, hunger and disease — across 1,301 panchayats of 111 blocks of 13 districts.