MANGALDAI, Aug 17 - Inmates of a section of flood relief camps in Mangaldai have been complaining about scarcity of pure drinking and fodder for their livestock. Even though the flood situation has been improving in Darrang district, more than 5,000 flood-affected people have reportedly been taking shelter in as many as six relief camps set up by the administration.
The inmates of a relief camp in Mangaldai Govt HS School running for the last couple of days have expressed their satisfaction over sufficient supply of relief materials, besides supply of necessary foods like milk powder, biscuits for the babies and the children. They also expressed satisfaction over the medical support provided by the administration. �We are satisfied with the supply of sufficient food materials,� said Ershad Ali of Baghpori village. However, he complained about scarcity of pure drinking water. �The drinking water collected from two tubewells in the campus is not fit for drinking. It contains very high percentage of iron element. Some of us have been bringing drinking water from outside.�
On the other hand, inmates like Radha Rani Rajbongshi and Bishu Sheikh, expressed their concern over the shortage of fodder supply for around 200 livestock within the campus of the camp.
Meanwhile, on being contacted over these issues, Pallabi Sarma Chodhury informed this Correspondent that necessary instructions have been issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Darrang, Ashok Kr Barman, to the executive engineer, PHE, Mangaldai division, to ensure supply of pure drinking water in all relief camps so that the inmates don�t suffer. Regarding fodder for the livestock, she admitted that the crisis is still on despite providing 1,832 quintals of fodder to the entire revenue circle. The current wave floods has affected nearly 77,500 people in 144 villages under the revenue circle and also claimed three lives, including two women and a child.