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


Activity Report Dated- 3rd of Sep. 2008

Summary:

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 this catastrophic, leaving behind an unforgettable tale for the survivors of the floods. Kusaha is located at a distance of 12 KM from the Indian border, in Nepal, where, the embankment broke, built over the Birpur Barrage in the Bhimnagar district of Nepal.

Our Infrastructure:

Organizations like Sewa International, Sewa Bharati, SIS, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and other like minded organizations are working together, and serving under the banner of “BARH RAHAT SAHAYTA SAMITI” with it’s centre at Saharsa and “BARH PEERIT SAHAYTA SAMITI” with it’s headquarters at Muzafferpur, Bihar.
We are fortunate to have a very strong force, of over 3500 dedicated volunteers involved, working round the clock rescuing, distributing relief materials, providing food and essential health care etc. We are at an advantage, in having local volunteers, who are well aware of the topography, hence reaching far flung areas to locate the needy people, who were waiting to be evacuated to safer locations, in the first place and provide them with the needed help, which other agencies involved aren’t able to reach, as they are unaware of the place.

Response:

From 19th of August 2008 itself, we set up 7 Sewa Centers/Camps in seven most affected districts to provide immediate relief, food, shelter and treating sick people on arrival. The seven centers as mentioned below:

  1. Raghopur: Catering to the needs of flood victims of Raghopur, Pratapgarh and Saraigarh.
  2. Vivah Bhawan, Shankar Chawk, and Saharsa: Helping people of Saharsa and Supaul district.
  3. Bihariganj, Madhepura : taking care of people of Madhepura district
  4. Sewa Bharati Office, Madhubani Chawk, Purnea: For people of Purnea district & adjoining districts too.
  5. Sangh Karyalaya, Shiv Mandir Chawk, and Katihar: For flood victims of Katihar.
  6. Sangh Karyalaya, Nawgachhia: For people of Bhagalpur district.
  7. Shiv Mandir, Forbisganj, Araria: Catering to the victims of Forbisganj and adjoining places.

Relief Center Map

Relief materials coming to us from different places are being collected at these centers, from where they are sent to be distributed to the deserving people through small boats and even by head loads, by our volunteers. A separate relief centre has been set up in Zila School, Saharsa where over 4000 people have taken shelter who are being fed & are being taken care of. From 29th of August ’08, all the seven centers have also set up community kitchen where over 3000 people are being fed daily and we have plans to open more such mass feeding camps at different locations too to reach to maximum flood victims.

Apart from the above mention centers, we have set up 21 sub-centers to reach to the people faster and provide them with the much needed support like the packeted food, essential medications, water, mosquito nets, and essential household utensils and good, cloths, polythene sheets, lanterns, candles & match boxes etc.


The water is showing no signs of receding due to incessant rains hence, the rescue and relief may still continue for a longer period, hence constant support is needed.


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