Friday, October 09, 2009

Ramakrishna Mission Relief work

The Ramakrishna Mission is carrying out extensive relief works for the affected people of the recent floods in the Tungabhadra - Krishna basin. Report of the various flood relief activities carried out by the centers in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are given below.

Report of Flood Relief Works - Karnataka
On Tuseday, 6
th Oct, 09, Swami Raghaveshanandaji Maharaj (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Belgaum) & Swami Nityasthanandaji (President, Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore) visited
Bellary district & surveyed some badly affected villages. At one place hearing that a village, named Matur in Siruguppa taluk, has been totally washed off, they visited the village & were surprised to find that the villagers were staying on the main (tar) road making their own make-shift arrangements with plastic covers, etc just like nomads putting up a tent. There were about 150 families. On being asked what they need, the villagers requested to be provided with tent material.

Immediately thick plastic tent materials (LDPE tarpaulin sheets) & coir ropes were purchased & were distributed on the next day (Wed, 7th Oct, 09). In all about 150 tarpaulin sheets & coir ropes worth Rs. 40,000/- were distributed.

Both the Swamijis are moving about surveying badly affected areas in Bellary, Koppal & Bijapur districts & trying to arrange whatever services possible, depending on the immediate needs of the people.

Few photographs of the Matur Village are attached herewith.

Report of the Flood Relief works being carried out by Ramakrishna Mission, Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh...

Report of Flood Relief Works - Andhra Pradesh
Dear Friends,

Because of the sudden inundation of the areas adjoining the river Tungabhadra whole areas were submerged suddenly making it difficult for the people residing in those areas to shift and lost most of the items of their use. The damage to property is very huge. Ramakrishna Mission, true to its tradition has started the relief with limited resources at its disposal in Kurnool area as follows.

1. We have procured food articles like rice, dal,oil etc. and also needed cloths like lungi, saree, bedsheets etc. With one of our Monks and volunteers they have transported the materials to kurnool (about 200kms from Kadapa) on 4.10.2009 (As all shops also were inundated materials were not available there or they were very costly). After due survey they have selected one interior village - Sultanpura in Mahaboob Nagar District, about 40 kms from Kurnool. That village of 650 families was surrounded by water and houses were also in waist deep water. people were living on roof tops and no other agency had gone there to render any service. In this scenario, we selected that village and are distributing food articles, drinking water pouches and cloths.

2. The second team with another monk and volunteers have gone with food articles for distributing in E.Tandrapadu village and cluster of villages in kurnool District which was totally cut off from the road connection because of washing away of bridges and breech of railway track. They have distributed about 5000 drinking pouches and 3000 cooked food packets on 6th Oct. The relief is continuing in a similer way as the areas are still full of slush though the flood water has some what drained off.

More villages will be added and service in these two above villages will continue as it will take quite some time for normalcy to return to these villages where every thing is out of gear because of the damage due to floods.

With best wishes and Namaskars,

Yours in the service of the Lord

Swami Atmavidananda, Secretary

(courtesy: S. Sudarshan, Devotee, Bangalore)

For making contributions or to get more information on the relief work activities contact:
Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama,
Karnataka, INDIA
Ph: 91 821 2417444 / 2412424
Fax: 91 821 4288842
Email: info at srkmys dot org

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama,
Karnataka, INDIA
Ph: +91 831 2432789, 2430789
Email: rkmissionashrama at gmail dot com

Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission,
Putlampalli, Near RIMS Hospital,
Kadapa 516002, A.P.,
Phone 08562 - 200120, 200633
Email: rkm dot kadapa at gmail dot com

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