Indian community bands together to provide food and medicine flood relief

02-12-2020By AdminAdmin

The Indian Embassy, Indian Association Cambodia and Indian businesses in Cambodia provided various food items and medicines to flood victims in Kampong Chhnang and Battambang provinces over the weekend.

The total amount of donations to be split between the two provinces included 10 tonnes of rice, 77 boxes of medical items and some COVID-19 kits.

Donations in Kampong Chhnang province were made on November 28 in Rolea Ba’ier district’s Toek Hout commune in the presence of Sao Chivoan, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Rural Development, along with the relevant authorities.

Members of the Cambodia India Alumni Association, of which Chivoan is the president, also contributed food items to villagers in Kampong Chhnang province. Chivoan thanked the Indian community for their generosity and assured his full assistance in the organisation of such relief programmes in other flood-affected provinces of Cambodia. The Indian Ambassador Devyani Khobragade expressed her deep sympathies to the flood victims and her satisfaction over donating to flood victims alongside the Indian community. Ambassador Khobragade and her team handed over five tonnes of rice and other food items donated by Bajaj Auto, the largest Indian tuk tuk company in Cambodia. On November 27, a similar flood relief donation event was organised in Battambang province. The day before, Ambassador Khobragade gave the Governor of Battambang province Nguon Ratanak several packets of different medicines for hospitals in the province.

These medicines were donated by Indian pharmaceutical companies in Cambodia. The donation ceremony was held in Sampov Loun district in the presence of Chivoan, the relevant officials and members of the Indian community. Ratanak welcomed the newly appointed ambassador and thanked the Indian Embassy for the generous contributions from the Indian community. He said: “Unlike last year, Battambang province has been badly affected due to the floods. 13 communes and more than 70,000 families have been badly affected.” Ambassador Khobragade said: “On behalf of the government and people of India, I express solidarity with the villagers who have been affected by the recent floods. This has been double jeopardy for the people as they have suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic and severe floods at the same time.” She hoped that the materials donated by the Indian community, pharmaceutical companies, Sonalika Tractors and other businesses will help Cambodians get their life back on track.

She also highlighted the Indian government’s various development projects in Battambang and other provinces, such as those in irrigation and water resources, electricity transmission and water pumps. Ratanak highly appreciated the assistance given by the Indian Embassy and Indians living in Cambodia. Adarsh Kumar Mishra, second secretary of the Indian Embassy, while speaking on behalf of the ambassador, thanked the Cambodian authorities for organising the flood relief donation events and for helping get the donations to the affected persons in time.