The alleged lack of supply of necessary baby food to the infant inmates in most of the flood relief camps Mangaldai in Assam has turned out to be a matter of serious concern for the inmate parents.
More than 100 infants of the said relief camps have allegedly been crying for food till the afternoon on Tuesday.
This revelation came to light after reports collected from five major relief camps of greater Mangaldai, maximum of 40 infants recorded in Commerce College camp followed by 25 in Mangaldai Govt HS School.
Similarly, Mangaldai Law College camp has recorded 10 infants.
Besides infant inmates in these three camps, Mangaldai ITI camp recorded around 500 child inmates.
Altogether more than 300 children have been figured in the said other three camps.
Moreover with 14, seven and three pregnant ladies recorded in Govt HS School, ITI and Law College camps respectively several dozens of pregnant and lactating mother inmates also need adequate food and health care support.
The scenario of some widow inmates still following the religious rituals along with their kids have enough reason to describe the plight of these flood victim people.
Meanwhile, a joint team of District Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Unit, Darrang comprising DCPO Kobendra Warisha, in charge Legal cum Probation Officer; Dulal Ch Deka and members of CWC Purnima Goswami and Rashmi Rekha Devi on Tuesday afternoon took stock of the situation of the children, lactating and pregnant women of the camps.
Later on being approached, the visiting CWC members said that they are concerned about the health and, hygiene, safety and security of the children as well as new and pregnant mothers.
There they had tried to aware the parents and guardians about the dos and don’ts in public places like the temporary camps during emergency like situation.
On being asked from Northeast Now, about the alleged crisis of baby food, they said, “We have seen supply of rice, dal, salt etc. We heard some allegations regarding baby food. We have advised the mothers to rely more on breast feeding of their babies and have patience for supply of baby food.”
“Hope along with the government, non government organizations will also come forward and supply baby food. We appeal to all through your media to help in this hour of crisis.” they added.
The flood situation in Darrang district still remained remained to be grim on Wednesday as the number of affected villages and population has increased to 214 and nearly 2,50,000 from 1,7500 over the last two days.