Trucks with relief material for U’khand, J&K flagged off from Delhi
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Friday flagged off three Indian Red Cross trucks carrying flood and cold relief supplies and medicines for the people of Jammu, Srinagar, Ladakh and Uttarakhand.
“This will support vulnerable populations in the northern-most UTs for the winter season and provide flood relief to people of Uttarakhand,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.
The flag-off function was held at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Along with blankets, the supplies to Uttarakhand consisted mosquito nets, kitchen sets, tents and essential medicines from Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras.
While flagging off the supplies, Mandaviya said, “Red Cross assists the most vulnerable and needy in times of disasters and other crisis situations.”
He added that people affected by severe flooding are already being assisted by the local Red Cross branches. The national headquarters is supplementing their efforts by sending fresh supplies.
The Union health minister said that prepositioning of relief items is under process for use by vulnerable states. These items consist of among other things about one lakh blankets, one lakh hygiene kits, one lakh tarpaulins and 75,000 kitchen sets.
The Union Health Minister further stated that recent landslides and flash floods in Uttarakhand have severely affected the state.