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IIT students create emergency ration food packets for disaster relief that grows in nutritional value over time

It is again that dreaded time of the year where many parts of India are experiencing heavy downpour, leading to fatal floods. Most parts of India are trying to limp back to normalcy after the elongated monsoon season. 50 million people have suffered due to floods alone in the past two decades. The high population density combined with poor planning and management inevitably leads to huge losses of lives and property every year. In times of such emergencies, the entire transport goes haywire and hence food shortage becomes a prominent issue. Even if the ration and food package by relief operations are sent, the duration of transit is long enough to make it stale or sometimes even toxic. The nutritional problems inevitably follow to add to the burden of disease and make intense pressure on scarce resources. 

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