Floods In Bihar: Jamaat-E-Islami, SIO And Dr. Kafeel Khan Give Helping Hand To Victims
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9—Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) are among several Organisations and individuals, who have joined relief and rehabilitation work for the flood-affected people of Bihar.
Besides conducting relief work in Patna, volunteers of Jamaat and SIO are also working in many other towns and cities that have been hit by floods. In Patna, which is one of the worst affected, Jamaat and its volunteers have distributed food packets and other essential items in Rajendranagar, Lohanipur, Kankar Bagh, New Azimabad Colony and three slum localities.
JIH’s Bihar unit president Maulana Rizwan Islahi told India Tomorrow that his organisation had been engaged in helping the flood victims in several districts since September 29 and had so far provided food materials and medicines to over 3,000 persons.
Hundreds of volunteers of SIO, Jamaat’s student wing, is working for the last several days in Katihar and Araria districts. They rescued several children and old persons who were stuck in deep waters and shifted them to safer places and hospitals.
Bihar SIO unit president Tahur Anwar said that his volunteers were helping the floods affected people in Patna, Katihar, Darbhanga and Araria districts by providing them food and medicines.
SIO’s state secretary Monazir Ahmed said that his volunteers had lent a helping hand to 1600 persons in eight flood-hit villages of Katihar district.
Ahmed said that it was not the first time that SIO was carrying out relief work for floot-hit people. When houses of poor people near railway station in Katihar were washed away by floods last year, SIO had built 100 houses for rehabilitation of flood victims.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was jailed for 9 months in connection with the deaths of children in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur though he was not connected with the tragedy, is also helping the flood-hit people in Bihar.
Besides supplying free of cost medicines, he is also supplying food materials to the flood victims. Dr. Khan is working among flood hit people from October 1.
He told India Tomorrow that he had organised seven medical camps in Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Mirzapur, Darbhanga and Patna with the help of one Dr. Ashish Gupta and Insaf Manch.
Dr. Khan has so far distributed medicines worth Rs. 50,000-60,000 that were given to him by philanthropists for flood victims. He examined 2500 children in five camps in five districts.
A total of 1400 villages of 90 blocks in 15 districts have been badly affected by the current floods. As many as 73 people are reported to have died and 20 lakh in all are said to be affected. A large number of people, including from several areas in state capital of Patna, had to evacuated from their houses due to flood water entering their houses and they included state’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
This year’s flood is said to be the worst flood after 1970.
A large number of animals are also reported to have died.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders have started blaming the state government headed by Nitish Kumar for flooding in Patna city. Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, who belongs to the BJP, has blamed the state government for the deluge.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and a small unit of National Cadet Corps (NCC) comprising of 20 cadets are also carrying out rescue work with the help of boats and tractors. NDRF is said to have rescued over 10,000 persons from flood affected areas so far.