HUD HUD CYCLONE RELIEF: Andhra Pradesh: The devastating cyclone Hud Hud which struck a major portion of coastal Andhra Pradesh in the month of October left widespread destruction in its wake. Our Vishakhapatnam centre conducted primary relief work in the affected areas by distributing 1,14,000 litres of drinking water, 6,710 kg rice, 930 kg lentils, 300 kg flour, 565 kg sugar, 265 kg salt, 460 kg onion, 1,130 kg edible oil, 1,960 packets biscuits, 300 packets rusk, 150 kg detergent powder, 830 soap, 300 tooth brush & paste, 830 bed covers, 530 matchboxes, 400 saris, 7,000 assorted garments, 50 school bags, 100 note books, 30 assorted utensils, 951 solar lamp and 1902 blankets were distributed to about 3,451 families in Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts. Efforts are on to extend the relief services further.
FLOOD RELIEF: Jammu & Kashmir: In the wake of the devastation caused by flash floods and landslides in a major portion of the state, Jammu centre distributed 1,700 kg flour, 1,420 kg pulses, 60 packets bread (240 gm each), 50 bottles pickles (250 gm each), 1,860 packets biscuits, 264 kg edible oil, 601 kg sugar, 1,040 cakes washing soap and 204 candles are being distributed to about 645 families in 12 villages in Marh, Khour and Halwal blocks of Jammu district from 8 to 17 September. The centre also distributed 3000 corrugated sheets, 850 bags of cement, 260 iron pipes (20 feet each) and 3,000 bricks among 157 families in 73 villages in Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur and Jammu districts on 28 September and 6 October and 785 blankets, 560 shawls, 560 jackets and 20 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle) to 785 families in 74 villages in Rajouri, Poonch and Jammu districts on 17 and 18 October. Efforts are being made to extend the distribution of having materials to other parts of the state. In spite of its own precarious condition, our Srinagar centre also conducted relief work in a modest way in its adjoining areas by distributing 10 kg rice, 2 kg lentils, 1 kg tea powder, 2 kg salt, 4 litres edible oil, 4 kg assorted spices, 3 utensil sets, a few sanitary items and assorted clothing among 8 neighbouring poor families and provided medical care to 291 flood-affected patients.
Our Cherrapunji centre undertook primary relief work among 1500 families affected by severe floods in the state by distributing 770 kg milk powder, 1500 packets of biscuit, 558 polythene sheets, 1500 buckets, 1500 packets of mosquito repellant coils, 3000 matchboxes and 7200 candles in 18 villages of Balijana and Agia blocks in Goalpara district from 27 to 29 September.
(a) Our Kothar centre served cooked food and distributed 5000 kg chira, 2500 kg chattu, 1261 kg gur, 1472 kg biscuits, 2500 kg salt and 25,200 matchboxes among 4160 affected families in Jajpur and Bhadrak districts from 24 July to 10 August.
(b) Our Puri Mission centre distributed 11,600 kg wheat flour, 2000 kg chira, 2940 kg chattu and 5792 packets of biscuits among 5379 families in 38 villages of Puri district from 10 to 26 August.
(c) In the month of September 2014, our Puri Math centre conducted medical relief camps in 9 villages of Puri district in which 750 patients were treated.
Our Lucknow centre distributed 10,100 food packets (puri, curry and pickle), 1105 saris, 783 dhotis and 449 lungis among 733 affected families in Harriya, Satgharwa and Gainsaria blocks of Balarampur district from 20 to 30 August. The centre also provided medical assistance to 3350 flood-affected patients during the same period.
(a) Our Dehradun centre continued its primary relief work by distributing 76,000 kg rice, 15,000 kg dal, 15,000 litres edible oil, 6000 kg salt, 400 blankets, 600 solar lanterns, 45 sleeping bags, 450 sweaters, 70 jackets, 8968 note books and 3000 school bags among 3040 families belonging to 46 villages and 4000 students belonging to 50 schools in Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag areas from April to October.
(b) Our Kankhal centre has further distributed 44,407 kg rice, 5000 kg dalia (broken wheat grains), 30,680 kg flour, 21,832 kg dal (lentils), 5128 kg sugar, 220 kg chira (rice flakes), 400 kg gur (molasses), 10,000 kg potato, 4457 kg milk powder, 7103 kg salt, 5044 kg candles, 21300 matchboxes, 2,17,000 halogen tablets, 3124 kg tea powder, 875 litres edible oil, 1060 kg puffed rice, 49.4 kg turmeric powder, 49.4 kg chilli powder, 4080 packets of biscuit, 3340 dhotis, 1840 saris, 5648 sweaters, 1000 skivvies, 4425 chaddars, 13,416 metres of fabric, 8626 blankets, 13,505 sets of school uniforms, 15,366 ready-made garments, 1575 suits, 428 quilts, 2285 pressure cookers, 1825 kg tawa (griddle), 6905 kg kadahi, 765 kg buckets, 576 mugs, 60 spoons, 12,231 kg assorted utensils (plates, tumblers, kettles, bowls, etc.), 1670 dictionaries, 176 kg assorted agricultural equipment, 2500 torchlights, 2953 umbrellas, 3269 solar lanterns and 160 trunks among 2581 families belonging to 21 villages and 9259 students belonging to 195 schools in Guptakashi and Agastya Muni areas from 27 March to 22 April. Besides, 1847 flood-affected patients were treated in our medical camps.
(a) In the wake of inundation and water logging caused by high tides in South 24 Parganas district, Manasadwip centre served cooked food (rice, dal and vegetable curry) and distributed 1976 kg muri, 70.6 kg milk powder, 706 kg vermicelli and 67 kg dry fruits among 2520 families of 13 villages in Mousuni (Namkhana block) and Sagar Islands from 22 to 31 July. The centre also distributed 1800 saris, 1500 dhotis, and 500 lungis from 14 to 27 September among the affected families.
(b) As heavy rainfall caused severe inundation in a major portion of South 24 Parganas district, our Naora centre served cooked food (khichri) and distributed 500 kg chira, 167.5 kg sugar, 45 kg biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 580 affected families of 6 villages in the district from 17 to 24 August.
DROUGHT RELIEF: India:
Rajasthan: From 24 May to 5 August, our Khetri centre distributed 6,82,000 litres of drinking water among 1960 families facing acute water scarcity.
A total of 29,819 blankets and 5,310 winter garments were distributed by 71 of our centres, among poor people affected by winter, flood, fire etc. in different parts of the country.
UTTARAKHAND FLOOD REHABILITATION:
The Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, has taken up the construction work of a new three storied Girls’ Hostel with kitchen and dining hall and a new three storied educational block at the Govt. P. G. College, Agastyamuni as a part of its rehabilitation project. The foundation stone for the buildings was laid on 29 August 2014.
Now, foundation has been completed and work on plinth beam reinforcement is in progress.
DISTURBANCE REHABILITATION: Bangladesh:
Our Dinajpur centre constructed a school building comprising two classrooms and one office-cum-library room in Karnai area of Sadar Upazilla (sub-district) in Dinajpur town to cater to the educational needs of poor children of the area. The building was handed over to the school authorities on 21 May.
(i) Arunachal Pradesh: Our Narottam Nagar centre distributed 20 sewing machines and 34 sets of tailoring kits among needy people
(ii) Assam: OurGuwahati centre distributed 5 sewing machines to needy people on 13 April.
(iii) Gujarat: our Porbandar centre distributed 11 sewing machines among economically backward women.
(a) our Antpur centre distributed 123 sets of dhadda (weaving accessories), 41 sewings machines and 2 van rickshaws to needy people from 25 November to 14 December,
(b) ourChandipur centre distributed 2 sewing machines on 21 November.
(c) Malda centre distributed 2 sewing machines and 10 bicycles to needy people on 6 July. (d) Our Naora centre arranged the renovation work of three huts belonging to poor families in Canning II and Bhangar I blocks of South 24 Parganas district.
December 25, 2014 Swami Suvirananda
Belur Math, Howrah Assistant Secretary
A Note for Communication and For Sending Donations to Relief Section
1. Our address is:
P.O. Belur Math
Dist. Howrah, West Bengal, India
PIN : 711 202
Tel. : (033) 2654-1144 / 1180 / 5391 / 9581 / 9681
(033) 2654-5700 / 5701 / 5702 / 5703 / 8494
Fax : (033) 2654 9885 (For Relief Activities only)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.belurmath.org
2. All official correspondence should be addressed to The General Secretary.
3. Kindly mention in a covering letter or on the backside of the cheque / DD the purpose of the donation, i.e. RELIEF work.
4. All a/c payee cheques (any currency), demand drafts, in favour of ‘Ramakrishna Mission’ payable at Kolkata are accepted.
5. To prevent loss / theft in transit, it is advisable to send the donation cheque / DD through Speed Post / Registered Mail.
6. You may also send donations towards our ‘Permanent Fund for Provident Relief Fund’. The bank interest from this fund is utilized towards our various relief activities. You may send the donations in memory of your near and dear ones if you so wish. Kindly note that, donations above Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees five thousand) will be accepted towards Permanent Fund for Provident Relief Fund.
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