DIBRUGARH, Sept 7 - At least 577 flood-affected families, comprising a population of around 3,000 in flood-prone Oakland, Panbari, Nagaghuli and Greenwood tea estate received rice, lentils (dal), a bottle each of Dettol and phenyl as relief today. The relief items were distributed by Seva Kendra, a Dibrugarh-based NGO with support from Caritas India.
The beneficiaries were given five kilograms of rice, half kilogram of dal and a bottle each of Dettol and phenyl. In Oakland, the affected families received the relief items at Oakland Primary School. The flood-affected people of Panbari, Nagaghuli and Greenwood tea estate received their share of relief items at Nagaghuli.
The relief items were distributed through the local leaders. Director of Seva Kendra, Elias Lugur and staff members � Benedict Indwar and Anita Haldar � were present during the relief distribution.
It needs to be mentioned here that the people in Oakland, Panbari and Nagaghuli are tormented by flood almost every year as they are situated at the fringe areas, just close to the Brahmaputra river. This year, the area experienced floods twice.
The people were totally displaced and distressed as their houses were submerged and their belongings damaged. Lakhiran Rajgarh, a local leader from Oakland said that the condition of the people would have grown worst had the government and Seva Kendra not come forward for their assistance.
Meanwhile, the district administration is continuing with its relief distribution works along with medical assistance in the flood-affected areas. As flood waters have begun subsiding, people are returning to their homes. The number of relief camps has also come down to 19, officials said.
The Brahmaputra is flowing below the danger level now. The Burhidehing river is flowing below the danger mark at Naharkatia, but is still flowing above the danger level at Khowang.