Nalco donates Rs.40 mn for Bihar flood victims


Bhubaneswar : National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco), India’s second-biggest producer of aluminium, Tuesday said it has contributed Rs.40 million to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the sake of flood victims of Bihar.

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Over 2.5 million people in 15 districts of Bihar are in the grip of floods after Kosi river changed its course after almost two centuries following a breach in an embankment upstream in Nepal. Unlike annual floods, there is little hope that the waters of the Kosi will recede soon.

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the company has always come forward to contribute generously during national calamities, a company official told IANS.

The firm contributed Rs.10.7 million to PM’s National Relief Fund during Gujarat earthquake in 2001, Rs.24.4 million during the Tsunami and Rs.29.8 million during J&K earthquake — both of which took place in 2005.

Nalco has contributed Rs.11.8 million to National Defence Fund during Kargil War and Rs.13.9 million during super cyclone in Orissa which took place in 1999.

Soon after the super cyclone, the company constructed 197 primary school-cum-cyclone shelters, under PM’s National Relief Fund Scheme, in the coastal districts of Orissa, for which Rs.76.8 million was spent, the official said.

Over 2.5 million people in 1,598 villages spread over 15 districts have been affected by the floods in Bihar.

The floods have claimed 35 lives, including 20 people who died Friday when the boat they were travelling in capsized in Madhepura district.