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Sanitation relief for Dibrugarh flood-hit areas

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Feb 26 � Flood affected villages of Kalakhowa gaon panchayats in Larua mouza were provided with a new model raised latrines and raised hand pump today to enable them to use the infrastructure during recurring floods when all safe drinking sources are submerged and sanitary practices are compromised.

Larua mouza is one of the worst flood affected areas in the district where the deluge occurs at least twice a year. The latrines and hand pumps are raised to a height of 5 feet above the ground level taking into account the highest water level from previous floods. It is envisaged that the infrastructures would provide safe drinking water during flood as also ensure privacy and security especially for women for sanitary matters.

The new model raised latrine and hand pump is introduced for the flood affected communities by Seva Kendra, a non government organisation (NGO) working on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) programme under Borboruah development block. The project is supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), India. CBDRR project focuses on three components � Preparedness, Livelihood and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Seva Kendra constructed five raised latrines and five raised hand pumps in the five villages � Sessa Kinar (Moina Miri) village, Bordoi Mazgaon, Kalakhuwa Gozai Gaon, Chakoipather and No. 1 Banhbari under the WASH programme. Site selection for construction of both hand pumps and latrines were done through participatory discussion.

The constructed assets were today handed over to the respective communities by Deputy Commissioner Aruna Rojoria after an inaugural programme in Sessa Kinar (Moina Miri) village of Seva Kendra, director, Elias Lugun and his staff believes that the assets would be of help to the community especially during the floods. Departmental representatives who accompanied the Deputy Commissioner were D K Baruah, assistant executive engineer, PHE, Lokheswar Hazarika, junior engineer, PHE, Prafulo Phukan, PHE and BK Saikia, SDAO agriculture department. The community members from neighbouring villages � Bordoi Mazgaon, Bordoibam, Kalakhuwa Gozai Gaon, Chakoipather and No.1 Banhbari villages also attended the inaugural function. CRS representative Kaplianlal, the programme officer, was also present to witness the handover of assets.

The Public Health Engineering expressed satisfaction at the new model of raised latrine and hand pump introduced for the flood affected community. The PHE department had made a spot verification prior to inauguration to check weather the construction was in good condition and useful to the community.

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Sanitation relief for Dibrugarh flood-hit areas

DIBRUGARH, Feb 26 � Flood affected villages of Kalakhowa gaon panchayats in Larua mouza were provided with a new model raised latrines and raised hand pump today to enable them to use the infrastructure during recurring floods when all safe drinking sources are submerged and sanitary practices are compromised.

Larua mouza is one of the worst flood affected areas in the district where the deluge occurs at least twice a year. The latrines and hand pumps are raised to a height of 5 feet above the ground level taking into account the highest water level from previous floods. It is envisaged that the infrastructures would provide safe drinking water during flood as also ensure privacy and security especially for women for sanitary matters.

The new model raised latrine and hand pump is introduced for the flood affected communities by Seva Kendra, a non government organisation (NGO) working on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) programme under Borboruah development block. The project is supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), India. CBDRR project focuses on three components � Preparedness, Livelihood and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Seva Kendra constructed five raised latrines and five raised hand pumps in the five villages � Sessa Kinar (Moina Miri) village, Bordoi Mazgaon, Kalakhuwa Gozai Gaon, Chakoipather and No. 1 Banhbari under the WASH programme. Site selection for construction of both hand pumps and latrines were done through participatory discussion.

The constructed assets were today handed over to the respective communities by Deputy Commissioner Aruna Rojoria after an inaugural programme in Sessa Kinar (Moina Miri) village of Seva Kendra, director, Elias Lugun and his staff believes that the assets would be of help to the community especially during the floods. Departmental representatives who accompanied the Deputy Commissioner were D K Baruah, assistant executive engineer, PHE, Lokheswar Hazarika, junior engineer, PHE, Prafulo Phukan, PHE and BK Saikia, SDAO agriculture department. The community members from neighbouring villages � Bordoi Mazgaon, Bordoibam, Kalakhuwa Gozai Gaon, Chakoipather and No.1 Banhbari villages also attended the inaugural function. CRS representative Kaplianlal, the programme officer, was also present to witness the handover of assets.

The Public Health Engineering expressed satisfaction at the new model of raised latrine and hand pump introduced for the flood affected community. The PHE department had made a spot verification prior to inauguration to check weather the construction was in good condition and useful to the community.

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