Sep 19, 2008

India - ULFA turns good samaritan

JORHAT: Members of the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have turned good samaritans by pitching in with relief material for thousands displaced by floods.

Insurgents of ULFA's 28th Battalion sent 14 truckloads of relief material to Majuli, the largest river island in the world, where 132 villages have been submerged.

"We have brought 14 trucks of relief materials for the people of Majuli seeing their hardship. The relief contains almost 1,000 quintals of rice, pulses, clothes and also medicines," said Jiten Dutta, a member of the rebel group.

"Very glad that ULFA leaders have come to Majuli for distribution of relief materials and to organise medical camp. This island has been devastated. All roads have collapsed and all communication system is disturbed," said Sudipta Gupta, a resident.

Water has swollen to almost the entire Majuli island, affecting thousands of people and disrupting communication with remote areas. More than a million people have been affected by floods in Assam after the Brahmaputra river burst its banks. So far, 15 people have been killed and 120,000 hectares of farmland submerged.

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