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NRI aid from Kuwait for Majuliís flood-hit

Jorhat, Feb. 15: An appeal on Facebook by Abakash Majuli, a socio-cultural NGO involved in providing aid for the flood-hit in the Brahmaputra island, has touched a chord among Assamese NRIs in Kuwait.

Relief materials from the NRIs reached the island few days ago and part of it was distributed last Sunday. The rest will be distributed next Sunday.

Abakash Majuli president Amlandeep Borah today told this correspondent from Majuli that the organisation had posted pictures of flood damage and victims of the natural calamity taking shelter in makeshift relief camps, on its page in Facebook. They had also appealed for aid in October last year. The river island was severely hit by two waves of floods during June-July and September last year.

Almost the entire island was submerged under water, throwing normal life out of gear for many days each time.

Borah said the Asom Association of Kuwait (a registered body with the Indian embassy) that represents people from Assam working in that country responded to the appeal and got in touch with him. They assured him of all possible help for the flood-hit.

He said after a discussion among the members, an office-bearer of the association informed him in November last year about their decision to dispatch materials for the victims.

Borah said the organisation under its charitable trust, Aasha, dispatched nearly 10 quintals of materials to the island in a cargo vessel two months ago. He said the materials included clothing for men, women and children, and shoes and sandals of different sizes and toys for children. The materials are worth several lakhs and the organisation has spent over Rs 60,000 on transportation.

ďThe aid from Assamese community in Kuwait towards their brethren here is something very commendable, and we hope to get more such responses from the Assamese NRI community abroad in the future,Ē Borah added.

He said after the consignment reached the island on Saturday, members of the NGO distributed the materials on Sunday in several areas on the eastern side of Majuli, which were among the worst affected by the floods.

Borah said the xatradhikar of Dakhinpat Ashrami Xatra, Janardhan Devagoswami, inaugurated the camp organised for the distribution of materials at Afalamukh.

Victims from adjoining Meragarh, Kalanibari and Hensua were also provided relief materials. He said the rest would be distributed in the other badly-affected areas of the island on Sunday.

An official of the Majuili sub-divisional administration said the NGO had sought permission to distribute the relief materials and it had been granted.