President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday flagged off nine trucks carrying flood relief supplies for Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

An official from the President’s House said that these relief supplies for the flood-affected people of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh shall be carried from Delhi to the concerned states by train and will be received by the state Red Cross branches of respective states.

The relief material included items such as tarpaulins, tents, saris, dhotis, cotton blankets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, bed sheets, buckets and two water purification units. In addition, COVID-19 protection items such as surgical masks, PPE kits, gloves and face shields are also part of the relief material flagged off by President Kovind.

These items are meant to safeguard and protect health workers associated with IRCS medical services in these states as well as the volunteers of IRCS who are at the forefront of flood relief and rehabilitation efforts, officials said.

The supply is in continuation and in addition to the material already provided by IRCS to be distributed by the state Red Cross branches to the affected people.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan was also present during the flagging off ceremony.

R K Jain, General Secretary, IRCS also briefed the President on the initiatives and the work done by IRCS to serve the people affected by floods and COVID-19 in different parts of the country.

Officials of the President’s Secretariat and IRCS were also present on the occasion.

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