US provides $50,000 humanitarian assistance to Mizoram

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New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) The US will provide Rs 20 lakh (50,000 dollars) in humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the food shortage in Mizoram's Saiha district.

The aid would be provided to an NGO 'Save the Children' to assist people in the affected area, the US embassy said in a statement here today.

''Shortages have emerged in recent weeks because of the flowering of bamboo in the area, resulting in major rat infestation in crop-growing areas. With funds provided by the US, 'Save the Children' will assist poor families affected by crop losses,'' it said.

The current food shortages, it said, has led to growing health concerns, especially for women and children.

During his conversation with Mizoram Chief Minister Pu Zoranthanga, US Consul General in Kolkata, Henry Jardine, said the the support ''reflects the US government's great concern and sympathy for the people of Mizoram during this difficult time.'' UNI SKS SKB CS1748

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