As an impact of a news published by Northeast Now on crisis of baby food for infants taking shelter in flood relief camps of Darrang district, many people and organizations have come forward to help them.
Northeast Now published the news, under the headline ‘Assam: Darrang flood relief camps cry for baby food’, on crisis of baby food for infants in flood relief camps of Darrang district on July 17.
The members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Darrang district also made appeal to the people to come forward to help the destitute infants and children.
Following the news and giving response to the appeal of CWC, several people have contributed so that the infants, children and pregnant women of the relief camps get nutritious food.
The members of Area Level Federation under DAY-NULM, Mangaldai town on Saturday afternoon donated packaged food, milk, water besides baby food for around 250 children including 20 infants.
The relief camp, where the food items were distributed, is in Mangaldai Town Girls’ HS School.
“We decided to supply baby food and other nutritious food to the infants, children and pregnant mothers of the relief camp after we could know from a news report published in Northeast Now that the inmates were facing shortage of food,” the DAY-NULM members said.
Talking to Northeast Now, resource persons and curators of DUY-NULM, Purabi Ray Saikia, Jiminara Begum and Hiranmoyee Saikia Deka informed that “a packet of fruits and nutritious food was distributed to each of five pregnant mothers of the camp”.
Assistant commissioner Monika Borgohain; district child protection officer Kobendra Warisha; CPM, DAY-NULM, Mangaldai, Bidyut Bikash Das; district leader Poshan Abhiyan also present on the occasion.
Earlier, a local NGO, Crystal Vision, distributed packaged dry food, milk and water to nearly one thousand flood affected people at Mangaldai Law College relief camp and Gerimari New Town relief camp.
During the food distribution, Mangaldai circle officer Dipsikha Saikia; district transport officer Kumar Sanjiv Krishna; enforcement inspector Dipak Patowary; sub-divisional medical officer Dr Nirmal Kr Beria and entrepreneur Bimlesh Jain were present.
The inmates of Mangaldai Town Girls’ HS School camp were also provided with clothes and mosquito nets jointly by Ramakrishna Mission, Guwahati and Ramakrishna Sevashram, Mangaldai.