Aura of communal amity in relief centres in flood ravaged areas

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Patna, Sep 4 (UNI) Catastrophic flood in north Bihar has blurred the self drawn lines of division in the society as people cutting across the caste and creed barriers are extending all sort of relief and other assistance to each other, presenting a splendid example of the mutual coexistence and brotherhood in this hour of crisis and natural calamity.

Around 20 of more than 100 relief centres working round the clock in Purnia town have become the temporary houses of flood victims from Supaul, Madhepura, Araria and other adjoining districts, where one can see the true face of comunal amity and brotherhood.

Astha Mandir, Maa Kali Asthan Vidyalay, Vanvasi Kalyan Samiti and Terapnath Yuvak Parisad are among the such relief centres in Purnia where Muslims are living and getting meals, some common medicines for general ailments and other essentials from their Hindu counterparts.

When asked, flood victim Mohammad Shakeel from Durjapur village in Supaul, who is taking shelter in Aastha Mandir Seva relief centre for the last seven days along with his wife and three minor children, said he was getting full cooperation and support from the Hindu community.

''We are living here since last seven days and are being provided free meals and break fast by the organiser as workers deputed on the duty are serving us with full honour and dignity'', he said with a flash of smile on his face.

Morover, in such centres, the Muslims are also being provided the edibles required to break the fasting of the day which is popularly known as Iftar in the month of Ramzaan .

Similarly, at Khajanchi Hart locality in Purnia, a relief centre set up by Anjuman Islamia has also become the home for hundreds of Hindu flood victims, coming from the adjoining flood affected districts.

Reports from Purnia said virtually every house in the township has converted into relief centres for flood victims as people have extended their helping hands to their relatives and friends irrespective of their creeds.

Several such centres are also working in other flood affected distrcts including Madhepura, Araria and Supaul.

District Magistrate of Supaul N Shrawan Kumar said the local administration had distributed pamphlets with an appeal to the flood victims stranded in remote areas to shift to safer places either on their own or utilising the services of the government and other agencies engaged in such endeavour.

''We have also taken the steps to provide the essentials required by the Muslims in holy month of Ramzan in the relief centres,'' he added.

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