| An Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action in Rajasthan
New Delhii; August 30, 2006
Rains and floods has affected 12 Districts in the State of Rajasthan i.e. Banswara, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Kota, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Jalore, Pali, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. About 57.98 lakh population, 17.35 lakh hectares of cultivable land and 5809 villages are severely affected. Floods have already claimed 130 human lives.
The District IRCS branches in the affected areas have limited capacity. The branches run programmes such as providing primary health care through medical camps and community welfare activities. In Jodhpur division the areas bordering Pakistan have over 300 ` trained volunteers to carry forward Mine Risk Education Programme. Many of these volunteers are being used for relief work by local branch and the local government.
The Chairman and later the Secretary of the State branch got in touch with the NHQ for support as vast areas and large number of people were affected by the floods.
Realizing the magnitude of the disaster the National Headquarters of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) along with the respective State and District branches have come into action and joined the local administration in rescue and relief operations. Dr. S. P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS stated “we are in constant touch with the State Red Cross Branch officials and are closely monitoring the situation”.
National headquarters released relief items consisting of 1000 pieces each of sarees, dhotis, kitchen sets and 500 pieces each of plastic buckets, cotton towels, cotton blankets, ground sheets and bed sheets.
The situation is being closely monitored.