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Born on flood rescue boat, Bihar couple names child 'NDRF'

Soon after a tsunami devastated their home near the coastal settlement of Hut Bay on the Little Andaman island in December 2004, Lakshmi Narain Roy's wife Namita gave birth to a baby boy. Prashant Ranjan reports.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2013 04:17 IST
Prashant Ranjan
Hut Bay

Soon after a tsunami devastated their home near the coastal settlement of Hut Bay on the Little Andaman island in December 2004, Lakshmi Narain Roy's wife Namita gave birth to a baby boy.

He named it 'Tsunami' Roy. "It was the doctors who suggested the name. We liked it and agreed, for the recall value it will have", Roy confessed a few days later, at a Port Blair relief camp he was lodged in.

Now, a flood-hit couple, Maya Devi and her husband, Indrajeet, originally from Kosihan under Koilwar block of Bhojpur, has unknowingly taken a leaf right out of Roy's book.

It has named their newborn, that's right, 'NDRF', an acknowledgement of the fact that the child was delivered with help from national disaster response force (NDRF) on Tuesday.

"The child was born on an NDRF motorboat with help from disaster force personnel and some women who were also on the boat. Hence, the name, NDRF", explained Indrajeet, the proud father.

"It is our way of expressing our gratitude towards the NDRF for coming to our aid when we needed it the most", said Maya, who delivered the child on the boat while she was being rushed to the Ara sadar hospital.

"Thank god, the delivery happened without any problem", said Rakesh Singh, who was in the thick of things as head of the NDRF rescue team that has been camping in Bhojpur to carry out flood relief operations.

Earlier, after Kosi broke its bank and devastated large parts of north Bihar in August 2008, a number of flood-hit parents had named their newborns after the river.

One of them was Manju Devi, who had abandoned her village and settled in a flood relief camp at Purnia in north-eastern Bihar, where she gave birth to a baby girl.

"Had she been born at home, I would have named her Komal Kumari but because she born in the Kosi relief camp we have named her Kosi Kumari," was Manju's explanation.

In another corner of that camp, a newborn baby boy's father - Satya Narayan, had named him Pralay (calamity).

"We named him Pralay because the devastation caused by Kosi was nothing short of a calamity," Narayan had explained at the time.