TRC member Premlata Agarwal (left) in Didsari village of Uttarakhand last month
After playing good Samaritan in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand for almost a fortnight, the Tata Relief Committee (TRC) is gearing up for a similar mission in the hill state.
It will give away 500 tarpaulins in villages across Bhatwari block of Uttarkashi next month. “Tarpaulins will be distributed with help from volunteers of Mahila Mangal Dal, which has been active in conducting relief operations in the region,” team leader Bachendri Pal said.
Bhatwari block president Vidita Rawat had called up Bachendri on Friday, seeking help for villagers who are dealing with heavy downpour in Uttarkashi. The ace climber was quick to respond to Rawat’s call. She immediately rang up TRC secretary Rajiv Kumar and enquired about the availability of tarpaulins.
“Kumar informed me that a fresh stock of 500 tarpaulins was lying in Dehradun. The tarpaulins are of very good quality and will be useful for villagers whose homes have been devastated by the flood, landslides and now heavy rain,” she added.
The block villages are located along Gangotri highway, some 45km from Uttarkashi.
Bachendri will head to Bhatwari to personally supervise the distribution of relief materials. “We will take care of other requirements, if need be,” the team leader said.
During her visit to Uttarkashi, the mountaineer will also review the current situation and, accordingly, plan long-term rehabilitation of flood-hit villagers.
“The rehab programme will start after monsoon. I will take stock of the prevailing situation in Uttarkashi and plan things,” she said.
A nine-member TRC team had carried out relief work across 14 villages, reaching out to as many as 1,307 families in Uttarkashi, in June-July after the cloudburst.
The volunteers, including Everester Premlata Agarwal, braved incessant rain and difficult terrain to ensure that essential items reached those in need. The team had distributed tarpaulins, torches, ration, medicines and tents.