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Swayamsevaks help Orissa flood victims

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RSS swayamsevaks (seva bharati volunteers) provided relief to the flood victims of Orissa. They distributed relief to the victims in Kendrapada, Aul, Rajkanika, Rajnagar, Pattamundai, Patkura, Gardapur, Salepur, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Banki, Bari, Jajpur, Balikuda, Rahama, Teramanapur, Biridi, Maragagha, Raghunathpur, Tirtole, Kujanga, Bhapur, Khandapada, Gania, Nuagaon, Kanas, Delanga, Ashtarang, Nimapara, Puri, Gopa, Nayagarh and some other flood-affected areas. More than 20 lakh people in 110 blocks under 17 districts of Orissa were affected by the natural calamity. The situation continued to be grim as Mahanadi and its tributaries, which were in spate for the last four days, caused at least 32 breaches. Meanwhile, the Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti dispatched five medical teams to various places to provide medical relief to the flood-victims.
(By Golak Chandra Das, visakeo)

Flood status in India

Flood causes damages in four states

Friday, September 19, 2008, News on AIR

In Gujarat, Indian Air Force and the army have been called in to help in rescue
operations in flood-affected Surendra Nagar district. Two columns of army were pressed
into service in Lakhtar taluk where 478 mm of rainfall was recorded on Thursday. One
IAF helicopter was also used to rescue people. More than 4,500 people have been
evacuated from affected areas of Lakhtar town. Heavy rain also lashed Dhandhuka town
of Ahmedabad district. Rescue operations have been started to evacuate people living in
the low lying area of the town. The army has kept one column of personnel from the
Engineering Regiment as standby for deployment in the Dhandhuka District. Road traffic
is still disrupted on Surendra Nagar- Ahmedabad road. The railway traffic also could not
be resumed between Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

In Orissa, nine persons lost their lives as the Mahanadi river and other rive…

India floods, rains kill 173, say officials

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Source: AFP
An Indian farmer wades through a flooded paddy Related NewsFloods in India's North, East Kill 58 People, Displace Millions
Bloomberg - 4 hours agoIndia flood death toll rises
Radio Australia - 10 hours agoDeath toll rises in Orissa floods
BBC News - 18 hours agoFull coverage » SHIMLA, India (AFP) — The death toll due to heavy rains and flooding over the weekend across India shot up to 173 with the air force rescuing a revered Tibetan spiritual leader, officials said Sunday.Most of the casualties were reported from India's most populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh with 110 people dead in rain related accidents, revenue secretary Balwinder Kumar said in state capital Lucknow.Further north, in the tourist state of Himachal Pradesh, state officials said 46 had died due to heavy rains lashing the state.In eastern Orissa, 17 people were washed away and 2.4 million people left homeless after four rivers burst their banks and flooded villages, senior official Ajit Kumar Trip…

video of Bihar flood relief by Sewa bharati volunteers.

Bihar flood relief by Sewa bharati volunteers...


Annual function of Sewa Bharati Kashi

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Annual function of Sewa Bharati, Kashi was organised at Maduvadiha Sewa Basti on September 5. Speaking on the occasion Shri Ravindra Kumar, Prant Sewa Pramukh, pointed out that Sewa Bharati in Kashi Prant had taken up various projects including Bal Samskar Kendras, self-reliance centres, health centres, Self Help Groups, computer training centres, Satsang Kendras and Sewa Niketan, etc.

Dr Anjali Vajpyaee said making arrangement for education and samskars for the children of Sewa Bastis is need of the hour because their parents leave the houses in search of livelihood early in the morning and they are not able to pay proper attention to their children. Dr Neelu Dixit presented a cheque of Rs 5000 to Sewa Bharati at the function.

(By Loknath)

Unique Sangh experiment in rural development : Mohad By Pramod Kumar

Source: Organiser With 98 per cent rate of literacy, majority of the villagers speak Samskrit. * There are 53 kinds of small and cottage industries in the village of 450 families with a population of 2500.* Every inch of the agriculture land is irrigated.* Majority of the farmers have said firm no to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and adopted organic farming.* No family uses wood for preparing food; almost every house has a bio-gas plant.* Awareness about protecting the environment is so wide-spread that every girl of the village ties rakhi to trees on Rakshabandhan day and resolves to protect them.* Every house has a tulsi plant and flower garden in the premises.* Every building has a sign of Om/Swastik and other ethical messages on the walls.* Every house has a toilet.* The village is free from theft, violence and all kinds of addictions including paan, biri, cigarette, gutkha, liquor, etc.* No dispute of the village is pending in any court or police station.* Every …

Excellent flood relief work by swayamsevaks in Bihar

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Soon after the news of massive devastation by Kosi river in six districts of Bihar spread, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh swayamsevaks, started relief operation. They reached the affected areas with whatever relief they could arrange and first took the flood victims to safer places. Union Railway Minister Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav visited the relief camps organised by swayamsevaks on September 1 and praised their activities.

On September 7 Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishan also visited the Sewa Bharati relief camp in Saharsa and praised the relief activities.

More than 2000 swayamsevaks of Saharasa district and 500 workers from Purnia are engaged in the relief operation round the clock since August 19 under the banner of Sewa Bharati. Besides Sewa Bharati, various other RSS associated organisations and Sewa International also dispatched relief material to the affected areas. The swayamsevaks are also collecting food packets from the families as per the requirements. The…

Donate to the Bihar flood victims

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In pictures: Bihar floods:: Pictures courtesy: BBC .. At least 55 people have died and some two million others have fled their homes after massive floods hit India's eastern state of Bihar, local officials say. The flooding began after the Kosi River - known as the River of Sorrow - breached its banks, sending huge waves of water through a channel it had previously abandoned. At least 90,000 people have been rescued, but many thousands remain stranded, officials say. Rescuers are using hundreds of boats to shift people to some 100 relief camps, amid fears that water-borne disease may be spreading. The central government has announced a $228m (£125m) relief package and some 125,000 tonnes of grain for those affected by the disaster. Officials say the flooding is the worst in 50 years to hit the region, and there are fears that the death toll will rise further. Please contr…

When govts fails, people keep hope afloat

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When govts fails, people keep hope afloat By Manish Anand


Resilience is the word. This makes the people of Bihar a class apart. An unmeasurable human crisis is looking straight into the eyes of more than 2.5 million people in the state. But when the government fails to keep the promises, the people keep the hope afloat. This is the state of the affairs of the state facing the wrath of the turbulent river Kosi.

Nepal has reportedly acknowledged its laxity in keeping the Indian side posted with the state of the embankment on Kosi. This nation was too busy with the guerrilla Maoists just recently fighting the nation taking command of its government. It did not bother the implications of its criminal laxity.

People in Bihar are turning out quite large-hearted. Even the poor are contributing in their own manners for the relief of the affected. The gates of Dharamshalas have been thrown open at most of the places. The divide of the religion and caste has been breached, at least for the mome…

NGO donates ambulance to six-bed Bihdia PHC

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Correspondent GORESWAR, Aug 31 – An ambulance, donated by NGO Seva Bharati Purbanchal in the name of Bihdia six-bed PHC for serving the poor patients of the vast area of Patidarrang and Karara mouzas in Kamrup (R) district, was inaugurated by Monoranjan Seal, president of the NGO here at Belkona Chowk recently.On the occasion, a well attended meeting was held under the aegis of Bihdia Tajikona Block Mandal BJP committee with Jadav Deka, president of North Kamrup district BJP in the chair, while Nripen Deka, secretary of the ambulance committee, explained the purpose of the meeting.

Addressing the meet, Monoranjan Seal, president of Seva Bharati, Keshab Nanderjhar of Mizoram, Ulas Kulkarni, member, SB and Mukesh Sing Sinha, incharge, Medical Officer (Bank) spoke at length about the social activities that have been undertaken by the NGO since its inception.Chairperson Jadav Deka pointed out the medical problems faced by the poor patients of this vast …

Sewa raises $60,000 for Bihar flood relief

Sewa raises $60,000 for Bihar flood relief
Wednesday, 09.10.2008, 12:29am (GMT-7)
Source: Indiapost.com

FREMONT: Bihar is currently experiencing devastating floods. The embankment along the Kosi River in northern Bihar has broken, drowning towns and numerous villages - many are reported dead or rendered homeless.Sewa International USA is working with various organizations such as Sewa Bharati to provide relief to victims of devastating flood in Bihar, India.

3,500 dedicated volunteers working round the clock rescuing, distributing relief materials, providing food and essential health care. From Aug. 19 itself, a main center was set up in Muzaffarpur to collect relief materials and distribute to seven sewa centers (camps) and twenty-one sub-centers.

These centers are providing immediate relief in form of food, medicines, clothes etc. Material is provided to needy by boat to remote places. Sewa Bharati schools in all seven districts are converted into relief centers to provide place for peop…

RSS wing raises toast to women

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RSS wing raises toast to women RAJ KUMAR
Source : Telegraphindia.com
Seva Bharati members perform bhoomi poojan at Harmu in Ranchi on Sunday. Telegraph picture Ranchi, Sept. 7: The state capital will witness an influx of more than 20,000 women associated with about 1,200 self-help groups on September 14. They would come to the city to participate in a women empowerment programme— called “matri shakti sammelan”— which would be organised by Seva Bharti, an RSS volunteering unit that puts curb on religious conversion.The firebrand orator Sadhvi Rithambhara — who had played a major role in motivating people during BJP Ram Janmabhumi agitation — and RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan would offer lessons on the issues related to women in the state.The programme will be organised on September 14 at Harmu Housing Colony ground. A bhoomi pujan was organised today at the programme venue amid chanting of Vedic mantras and RSS workers were briefed about the programme in their regular camp — Sakh…

Bihar Flood 2008 Relief Effort Activity Report Dated- 3rd of Sep. 2008 Summary: Combined effort of various organization working and serving together

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Activity Report Dated- 3rd of Sep. 2008Summary: Combined effort of various organization working and serving together to provide relief to victims of devastating flood in Bihar, India. 3,500 dedicated volunteers working round the clock rescuing, distributing relief materials, providing food and essential health care. From Aug. 19th itself, seven Sewa centers (camps) were setup in most effected districts providing immediate relief. Relief materials are collected at centers and then distributed to the people in need through boats. Relief center in Saharsa and all seven centers are providing food to thousands and we plan to set up relief centers at more locations. Brief Outline of Topography:On the East of Kosi Embankment is situated the districts of Katihar, Purnea, Araria, Supaul, Saharsa and Madhepura and on the West of embankment lies the districts of Madhubani, Darbhanga and Samastipur.
KUSAHA is the name of the place where the embankment broke, on the 18th of August 2008, causing thi…

SEWA INTERNATIONAL, UK appeals

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"The flood situation in Bihar, India, this year has been the worst in the living memory, leaving thousands dead and rendering homeless and destroying crops, cattle and property worth billions. The hapless victims of this catastrophe are in dire need of helping hand and will have to begin their lives from scratch when the flood waters recede. "
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SEWA INTERNATIONAL, UK appeals
the benevolent to help these unfortunate victims. Your support will help reduce the sufferings of
these people in the flood affected state of Bihar, living in the remote areas. Sewa International
will help the flood victims to bring back life to normal in the state of Bihar.
Information & Credit Card Hotline Telephone: 0116 261 0303
(Between 10am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)
(10am – 3.00pm Saturday)

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Bihar Flood Relief Appeal – Sewa International USA immediately releases $2,000 Friday 29th of August 2008 The Times of India calls it "India's Katrin

Source: newspostindia.com
Friday 29th of August 2008

The Times of India calls it "India's Katrina; only the challenges could be bigger"



Bihar is currently experiencing devastating floods. The embankment along the Kosi river in northern Bihar has broken , drowning towns and numerous villages – many are reported dead or rendered homeless.

More than 2 million people are affected and over a million have become homeless. The district of Supaul alone has 500 villages destroyed and over 600,000 people affected. Innumerable amount of crops and property have been destroyed or damaged. The flood situation is very dire and every day the level of water is increasing and affecting more people.

Sewa International volunteers are already at work providing relief & succor to the flood victims and plans to take up the challenging task of rehabilitating flood victim. The most urgent needs include shelter, access to fresh water, food, emergency medical supplies, and basic household items.

Sew…

Sewa bharati and sewa international helping Bihar flood victims

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Sewa International and the partner organzation such as Sewa Bharati has been providing relief to people effected by devastating flood since Aug. 19th itself. Below is a photo of materials being dispatched from New Delhi office.

Religious differences 'sink' in Kosi floods Wed, Sep 3 05:34 PM The Kosi may have changed its course killing and displacing many in Bihar, but the r

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Wed, Sep 3 05:34 PMThe Kosi may have changed its course killing and displacing many in Bihar, but the river has also 'sank' religious differences as evident in relief camps where RSS men were seen serving food to Muslims.Clad in khaki shorts and caps, RSS men are serving gram and flattened rice to Muslim flood victims in a relief camp at Saharsa.The camp being run by 'Seva Bharti', a Sangh Parivar outfit, at the zila school campus at Saharsa presents a rare but heartening sight where the devastating deluge of Kosi has sunk bitterness and differences."Over a 100 people of my community are taking shelter here for more than a week now and we have absolutely no complaint. Life cannot be better than this in a relief shelter," says Mohammed Salauddin, who fled Parba village in Madhepura district along with his family to escape the flood fury.In another camp, a kilometre away, a joyful reunion was taking place. The prayers of Phulo Devi, who h…