In the wake of severe flood situation in parts of Gujarat and West Bengal affecting thousands of families, Ramakrishna Mission is conducting extensive primary relief work among the flood victims, as per details given below:
On 23 July we were informed by our Rajkot centre that some households living on the banks of the local Machhu river in Morbi district have been inundated owing to release of water from the Morbi Dam. The centre served cooked food to 17,600 flood-affected people of Maliya and Mitana villages in Morbi district. Limbdi centre served food packets, milk, biscuits and plastic-sheets to about 520 flood-affected people in their nearby areas.
A relief team, consisting of monastic members from our Vadodara and Rajkot centres, has reached the worst affected Banaskantha district in north Gujarat. Flash flood caused by incessant rainfall has wrecked untold suffering in the area. Our relief team has made arrangements to distribute 1000 relief kits [each kit containing 10 kg rice, 10 kg flour, 3 kg dal (lentils), 2 kg Bengal gram, 1 kg salt, 1 kg edible oil, 1 kg sugar, 100 gms of tea-leaves, 400 gms of assorted spices, 500 gms of milk powder, 500 gms of namkeen, 3 packets of biscuits, 12 candles, 1 packet of matchboxes and 1 tarpaulin sheet] in about 20 remote and neglected villages of Dhanera, Deesa and Tharad (near the Indo-Pak international border) talukas which had not received any helping hand till now. Further reports are awaited.
Heavy incessant rainfall and resulting breaching of dams has caused severe floods in extensive areas of Howrah, Hooghly, East Medinipur and West Medinipur districts. In view of severe inundation in Arambag, Daspur, Udaynarayanpur, Khanakul, Amta, Ghatal, Mansuka, Dhanyagari and other areas our centres in Antpur, Belgharia, Gourhati, Ichapur, Kamarpukur, Medinipur, Saradapitha, along with a relief team from the Headquarters, have made arrangements to distribute around 100 tons of chira (rice flakes), 10 tons of sugar, 2500 tarpaulins, milk powder, biscuits, etc. among nearly 30,000 flood-affected families in the severely affected areas. Further reports are awaited.
Relief work will be further extended on the basis of the survey reports and current flood situations. Further reports awaited.