Members of press fraternity make door-to-door visits of houses, market places for collecting donations from locals and shop owners in Diphu as part of a ‘charity drive’
Diphu: In a noble gesture, the journalist fraternity of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district conducted a charity drive to help the flood victims of the state on Friday.
As per sources, members from the District Press Club of Karbi Anglong (DPCKA) were making door-to-door visits to houses and going to market places for collecting donations from locals and shop owners in and around Diphu town. The charity drive was carried out by local scribes for two days starting on Thursday.
The campaign was led by DPCKA president Kiri Ronghang and was accompanied by a ten-member team of working journalists from the district.
A total amount of Rs 9,000 was collected by the team on the first day of its charity drive. The total money collected was immediately handed over to the deputy commissioner of Karbi Anglong district, who will then disburse it to the authorities concerned to be received by the flood victims of the state.
Meanwhile, help has started pouring in from different quarters for the flood victims of Assam, starting from popular Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Shraddha Kapoor and Dia Mirza to homegrown artistes such as Jatin Bora donated generous amounts to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).
Assam is witnessing one of its worst floods this year with over 4,620 villages in 124 revenue circles of all 32 districts being adversely affected and submerged under flood waters. This year, about 44.96 lakh people have been affected by the floods in Assam.
Currently, 226 relief camps are operational with 1,01,085 inmates and 562 relief distribution centres functioning in the state.
This season, 17 persons lost their lives due to floods in the districts of Dhemaji (2), Golaghat (3), Barpet (1), Jorhat (2), Dhubri (1), Goalpara (1), Morigaon (4), Nagaon (2) and Hailakandi (1), besides two persons losing their lives due to landslide in Kamrup (M) and Dima Hasao districts.