President of India Ram Nath Kovind in the light of the worsening of flood situation and the ongoing pandemic on Friday flagged off nine trucks with Red Cross relief supplies for the flood-hit states of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in presence of Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
According to a statement released by the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the relief material that is being transported from the capital to the respected states via trains include tarpaulins, tents, clothes, blankets, kitchen utensils, mosquito nets, bed sheets, buckets and two water purification units.
COVID-19 protection kits such as surgical masks, gloves and face shields are also being sent for the health workers who are battling in the frontlines amid the pandemic.
The respective state Red Cross branches will receive the relief items for further distribution in the interiors.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted pictures of the trucks carrying relief material.
राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द ने हाल ही में आई बाढ़ और कोविड-19 महामारी से प्रभावित असम, बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश के लोगों के लिए राहत सामग्री के नौ ट्रकों को राष्ट्रपति भवन से रवाना किया। स्वास्थ्य मंत्री @DrHarshVardhan और @IndianRedCross के अधिकारी भी इस अवसर पर उपस्थित थे। pic.twitter.com/yG36alflU1— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 24, 2020
Assam and Bihar have been battling the flood situation along with the increasing coronavirus cases in the state. And, the situation in the state is expected to further deteriorate as more rain is expected in the two states for the next four days.
Speaking of the increasing COVID cases in, UP is at number six on the list of positive cases, Bihar and Assam which are at number eleven and twelve are rapidly climbing up the ladder with cases increasing every day. India at present has 13,36,861 COVID-19 cases, with 31,358 people deceased and 8,49,432 recovered.