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Chennai flood relief updates

Amma has always led by example, and her senior disciples follow suit. Here, her senior disciples personally unload the food materials from the truck, distribute food packages to those affected by the flooding. They are joined by more than 500 volunteers providing food, clothing, rescue operations, medical attention and essential provisions. We also donated Rs. 5 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for emergency relief for those affected by the disaster.

 

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MAM donates Rs. 5 crores for Chennai flood relief

8 Dec 2015, Chennai

In the wake of the colossal loss and damages due to the unprecedented rains in Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu, MAM donated Rs.5 Crores towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for relief and rehabilitation  activities. On behalf of MAM, Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri met Dr J.Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in Chennai and handed over the amount.

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As directed by Amma, MAM volunteers have been actively participating in the relief work from the last week of November. From December 1st  around 500 volunteers comprising of students & faculties from the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham campuses in Bangalore and Coimbatore along with devotees have been involved in relief activities including rescuing the stranded to safer places, distribution of food, medicines, essential provisions, utensils, stove, clothes, blankets, toiletries and other essentials in badly affected areas like MGR Nagar, Choolaipallam, Dr. Kaanunagar, Saidapet, Jafferkhanpet, Samiarmadom, Nallankuppam in Ashok Nagar, Tarapakkam and Sadanandapuram.

A Telemedicine van, two fully equipped ambulances which includes a cardiac unit, an emergency unit, a testing unit to detect epidemic diseases in two minutes, colour ultra sonography, X-ray radiography, mini operation theater, small delivery room, electro-cardiography and light microscopy  along with a 25-member team of doctors and paramedics from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences reached Chennai today and plunged into service of providing medical help. These teams will be fully equipped to handle any outbreak of epidemics and will also be providing preventive measures.

Over the years, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) has been effectively helping in post-disaster situations. Starting from the earthquake in Lattur Maharashtra, the MAM was one of the biggest agencies post-tsunami to render immediate aid in the form of temporary shelters, food, clothing, etc. to long-term solutions like housing, vocational training etc. After the natural calamity in Uttarakhand, MAM is still active there helping rebuild houses, schools, colleges and providing vocational training, empowering women and tablet-aided learning for children.

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Boat rescue, food and clothing to the flood affected Chennai

Due to incessant heavy rain, many low-lying areas of the city of Chennai were inundated on the late night of 1st December. Water from the overflowing Adyar River submerged houses lying within a kilometer either side of the river, and floodwaters reached many other areas as well. Hundreds of thousands of  people have been affected.

In many houses near the river, even the first floor was submerged, forcing people to take shelter on open terraces where they were exposed to rain and cold wind. They were stranded there as the water level on the streets in some areas was approximately 40 feet deep.

Amma sent volunteers to begin rescue operations in motor boats on December 2nd. Ashram residents and devotees courageously risked their own lives to rescue people who had been trapped by the rising floodwaters, using ropes to safeguard themselves from being carried away by powerful currents. Food, drinking water and new sets of clothing was provided for evacuees.

Food preparation for the flood affected at the Ashram

Packaged drinking water and food were supplied to those who preferred to stay in their homes. Even now, after the water has receded, our volunteers are continuing to provide meals for thousands of affected people each day.

Hundreds of thousands of sets of clothing were also distributed to the flood affected people of Chennai.

 

 

 

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Food for the flood affected in Chennai

23 Nov 2015, Chennai

Due to unusually heavy rainfall over the past few weeks, the Adyar River overflowed its banks, ‪flooding‬ thousands of houses in the Indian city of Chennai. Tens of thousands of people have been impacted by the flooding. In one of the hardest-hit areas — Choolaipallam, MGR Nagar, South Chennai — Led by Br. Vinayamrita, MAM volunteers have been providing free breakfast, lunch and dinner to the affected people since November 20th and continue to do so. About 1,000 people are being fed three times a day.‬

 

 

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Flood relief work in Japan

September 2015, Japan

Following more than a week of rains in early September, Tropical Storm Etau could not have hit eastern Japan at a worse time. On September 9th, Etau began to further inundate the already rain-soaked terrain north of Tokyo—dumping as much as 2 more feet (65 cm) of rain in 24 hours in some areas. The storm finally caused levees to fail and rivers to overflow their banks, leading to massive flooding and hundreds of landslides. By September 12, the flooding had ravaged Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Miyagi Prefectures, causing nearly $100 million of damage across the entire region and killing seven people. Over 18,000 homes were flooded, and nearly 3000 people still remain in evacuation shelters.

Our volunteers immediately arrived on the scene in Joso, one of the hardest hit cities. Additional volunteers also arrived from the Japanese student volunteer organization, IVUSA, many of whom had already worked with us in India on our disaster relief programs in Uttarakhand, Nagapattinam, and Pune. They quickly rekindled the joyous spirit in which they had previously served in India, and their enthusiasm for helping others even managed to bring smiles to the faces of the flood survivors as well. Manning a tented kitchen in a park encircled by flood wreckage, the combined teams of Embracing The World and IVUSA teams cooked some 500 meals of Japanese soup and rice for lunch and Indian curry for dinner for the displaced flood victims. Most of the meal recipients reported that our meals were the first hot food they had eaten since the flooding began many days earlier.

In teams of 10, the volunteers visited Joso’s flooded houses. Muddy waters often still filled these homes, so the ETW-IVUSA teams moved furniture, appliances, tatami mats, and other household items to drier places. Our volunteers’ enthusiastic and compassionate service not only improved the physical circumstances of the flood victims, but also warmed the hearts and lit the faces of those victims as well.

-Das

 

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Amrita disaster relief team to visit flood affected Rajasthan & Gujarat

6 Aug 2015, Kochi
Amrita institute of medical sciences disaster relief team left Kochi for flood affected areas of Rajasthan & Gujarat. With all the modern equipment for treatment – a telemedicine unit, two emergency ambulances consisting of facilities to recognise rat fever, dengue fever and jaundice in two minutes along with cardiac emergency unit, colour ultra sonography, x-ray, radiography, small operation theatre, delivery room, ECG unit, and light microscopy unit – they were flagged off from Kochi today.

The disaster team consists of 25 members which includes doctors, nurses and paramedics.

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Kavre Palanchowk – Nepal earthquake disaster relief

Kavre was one of the most affected districts, so much so that in the first photo you can see Shri. Upareti ex-Labour Minister of Nepal receiving blankets and windcheaters and afterwards tin sheets from us. His houses in the village were totally devastated. He was so moved by our help that he declared that he would come to Kerala to express his gratitude to Amma for helping in this hour of need. Again, even before we packed and left for the next village people had already started using the tin sheets as roofing over makeshift bamboo frames they had put up.

The next place we covered was Kudari Gaon in which hundreds of affected had been shortlisted to receive aid from us. The villagers were very grateful to us and honoured our representatives with scarves as is the local custom.
Maadan Kudari Gaon Ward No. 4,5,6,7,8
4 – Kudari Mathilo Tol
5 – Kudari Tallo Tol
6 – Bhidantali Tol
7 – Taadi
8 – Chaula Tol

The Hon’ble Prime Minster welcomed Amma’s international organisation to Nepal and requested to continue its relief and rehabilitation activities in affected areas of Nepal.

– Dass

 

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Serving in Sindhupal Chowk, Nepal Earthquake

We received a plea from some villages in Melamchi in Sindhupal Chowk asking for help as very little help was reaching them. By this time tarpaulins were simply not available in Nepal so it was being sourced through India from where it could take anything between a week or ten days for it to get to us. And then the extra time required for carting it to the villages. So rather than wait for so long to meet a need which was so urgent, we decided to provide tin sheets which would serve both as a temporary shelter and could be used for roofing when they were able to build a house.

We were able to provide the best quality tin sheets and sacks of rice, cooking oil, good quality wind cheaters and blankets to villagers in these areas.

The areas which benefitted:
1. Thakure
2. Bangaon
3. Bimire
4. Pandit Tol
5. Acharya Tol
6. Baguwa
7. Shikharpur
8. Nawalpur

Melamchi Nagar Palika Ward no.6 – Sacks of Rice; Cooking Oil; Windcheater(as they were having unseasonal rains to protect them both from the cold as well as rain); Blanket & Tin Sheets for roofing for Acharya Tol

 

– Dass

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Extending help to our brothers and sisters in Nepal

In the initial days of the Nepal Earthquake, we were able to extend help to our brothers and sisters in Bhaktapur, Sindhupal Chowk and Kavre districts.

Bhaktapur District
Rice, Dal, Cooking Oil, Soap as well as Biscuits
With the help of the Nepalese army as well as local youth clubs, the ashram volunteers were able to reach out to a huge number of affected people. Tracts of Bhaktapur looks like a war zone with whole building blocks razed to the ground. It was saddening to see the army digging for bodies on one side as the displaced survivors rummaged in the rubble trying to scavenge what little food or furniture or building materials they could. Death on one side and an endless urge to live and survive on the other – seemed to sum up the human condition.

The army personnel helped in everything – from purchase of the materials, to stock maintenance and then finally disbursement as per needs to the different refugee camps.

We were able to provide Rice, Dal, Cooking Oil, Soap, and even biscuits for children in these camps. Hundreds of families were benefitted here. The people were very grateful especially as they learnt that ashram situated in Kerala was extending help to them in Nepal.

1. Baudh Vihar camp
2. Korean Hospital
3. Bhulangkhel
4. Saraswati Khel
5. Tikani
6. Niko Sera
7. Sipatol
8. Mount Sinai School

 

– Dass

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“I feel the burden on my shoulder lessened” – Sushil Koirala, PM of Nepal

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal the Mata Amritanandamayi Math was also there to come forward with an offer to help. Amma immediately sent representatives to Nepal to assess the situation and help in whatever way possible. The Math was engaged in providing basic provisions – Rice, Dal, Clothing, Blankets, etc. Seeing that the devastation had made many in the villages homeless, the Math was engaged in distribution of tin sheets for roofing – with an aim to providing temporary shelter, which could later be used as part of their permanent housing too.

In the last few days Amma’s ashram has provided 1,00,000 Tetanus Toxoid vaccines and tons of medicines. Due to the thousands injured, the need for the Anti-Tetanus Toxoid vaccine was strongly felt. The need and scarcity of vaccine were also voiced within the medical circles. The vaccine is not only crucial for those directly injured but equally important for the post-disaster period, where injuries from collapsed debris pose new threats for adults and children alike.

In response to this urgent need, Mata Amritanandamayi Math organised 1,00,000 doses of ATT vaccine to be urgently sent to Kathmandu by air from Malaysia. Ms. Mridula Koirala, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister accepted the consignment on behalf of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Thus far, this is the single largest supply of ATT vaccine provided by any aid organization since the earthquake struck.

Apart from the vaccine, the Math has donated two tons of essential medicines and surgical items to the Bir Hospital, the biggest Govt. Hospital in Nepal. The supplies were received by the Hospital Director, Prof. Dr Swoyam Prakash Pandit in the presence of Ms. Mridula Koirala. The Director thanked Amma for sending the critical vaccine and the other medicines at the most needed hour.

Math representatives had met Sri. Sushil Koirala, Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal on 18-5-15 and had detailed discussion about the relief activities so far undertaken by the Math. The Hon. Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of Amma’s compassion and lauded the Math’s activities in the hour of great crisis. Also, the Prime Minister opined that in the aftermath, the coming of aid and assistance from various countries and organisations from around the world was really inspiring. He added, “With the compassion and aid from a great humanitarian like Amma, I feel the burden on my shoulder lessened.”

Over the years, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been effectively helping in post-disaster situations. Starting from the earthquake in Lattur Maharashtra, the Math was one of the biggest agencies post-tsunami to render immediate aid in the form of temporary shelters, food, clothing, etc. to long-term solutions like housing, vocational training etc. After the natural calamity in Uttarakhand, the Math is still active there helping rebuild houses, schools, colleges and providing vocational training, empowering women and tablet-aided learning for children.

 

 

 

– Dass