NCP to organise medical camps in flood-hit areas of Bihar

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Patna, Aug 31 (UNI) The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today announced to set up 200 medical camps for the victims in the flood ravaged North Bihar.

NCP national general secretary Tariq Anwar told newspersons here that the 22-member relief committee of the party decided to set up medical camps in all flood affected areas to provide free medical aid to the victims.

Life-saving drugs, medicines and other health-related material were being arranged for these camps, he informed, adding that the party would also arrange trained people to provide health services to the victims.

Apprehending health related problems in the region, Mr Anwar said these medical camps would continue for long period.

Besides medical help, the party would also provide other required materials to the victims for which the youth wing of the NCP had been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting the relief material.

He said the members of the party donated Rs 51,000 from their personal fund to the state relief committee which prepared a work plan for effectivness of the relief work.

NCP national president Sharad Pawar also donated Rs 25 lakh from the party fund to the relief committee, he said, adding that the amount would be used to cater to the needs of the affected people.

After camping in the flood-affected region, especially in Katihar district, for thre days, Mr Anwar described the pathetic condition of the flood affected people and alleged that the relief and rescue operation was ''unsatisfactory''.

He blamed the state government for the flood fury, saying that the catastrophe could have been averted in case the government had maintained the embankments before onset of the rainy season.

For the poor upkeep of the embankments, the NCP leader did not spare even his coalition partner, the RJD, which had ruled Bihar for 15 long years, and alleged that maintenance of the embankments always remained at the bottom of the government's agenda.

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