PHAILIN CYCLONE RELIEF WORK
Brief Report as on 03.11.2013
You must be well aware of the ravaging cyclone Phailin which struck the eastern coast of India in mid-October and caused widespread devastation in its wake. Phailin, with its enormous potential of causing large-scale devastation, reminded us of the unfortunate Odisha Super Cyclone of 1999. Though extensive precautions taken by the local government kept in check the loss of human lives to a minimum, there has been an appalling destruction of establishment and property.
As on previous occasions, this time also, Ramakrishna Mission has promptly responded to the occasion and started relief camps in the affected areas. Thorough survey of the affected areas has been conducted and a plan of action has been chalked out consequently.
Our Vishakhapatnam centre has made arrangements to distribute fishing nets and repair the fishing boats of the fishermen in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. Further reports are awaited.
Bhubaneshwar - The centre distributed 3860 kg chira (rice flakes), 965 kg sugar, 1930 kg soybean, 965 litre mustard oil, 2895 kg potato, 2895 packets of biscuits, 965 blankets, 965 mosquito-nets, 965 torches and 965 utensil sets (each set containing a cooking vessel, a kadahi, a khunti, 2 tumblers and 2 plates) among 965 families belonging to 16 villages in Balasore district from 22 to 31 October.
Kothar - The centre served cooked food (rice and dalma) and distributed 200 mats, and an equal quantity of mosquito nets, bed-sheets, towels, saris, lungis, women’s garments, t-shirts, torches and utensil set (each set containing a handi, a karahi, a plate, a tumbler, a ladle, a khunti and a lota) among 200 families belonging to 6 villages of Mayurbhanj district from 17 to 23 October.
Puri Mission - From 16 to 31 October, the centre distributed 500 dhotis, 844 lungis, 1344 saris, and an equal number of bed sheets, towels, mats, umbrellas and utensil sets (each set containing a pot, a dekchi, a karahi, a mug, a plate, 2 tumblers, 3 bowls, a ladle and a bucket) among 1344 families in 4 villages of Puri and Ganjam districts.
Moreover, our Puri Math centre is also conducting primary relief work in Puri district. Further reports are awaited.
Antpur - From 15 to 22 October, the centre served cooked food (khichri) to 20,610 affected people and distributed 23,050 kg chira (rice flakes) and 2300 kg sugar among 15,743 families of Udaynarayanpur block in Howrah district and Jangipara block in Hooghly district.
Tamluk - The centre distributed 50,250 kg chira (rice flakes), 5100 kg sugar, 8500 packets of biscuits and 4,00,000 halogen tablets among 12,373 affected families in 47 villages of Purba Medinipur district from 18 to 29 October.
While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft (drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata) are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G (5-vi) of the I.T. Act.
November 3, 2013 Swami SuviranandaBelur Math, Howrah Assistant Secretary
“…Feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant…feel till the heart stops and brain reels…then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord…
- Swami Vivekananda
Donations may please be sent by Speed Post / Courier to the following address:The General Secretary,
Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section)
Belur Math, Howrah,
West Bengal – 711 202, India.
One may also deposit his/her benevolent contribution at our nearest branch centre.