GUJARAT FLOOD RELIEF WORK BY BAPS
50 BAPS SADHUS AND 2100 VOLUNTEERS
TO CLEAN THE T.P. SCHEME 10 AREAS OF ADAJAN IN SURAT
14 August 2006,
From 20 BAPS flood relief centres in Amdavad, Atladra, Bochasan, Nadiad, Mahesana, Mahelav, Piplav, Bharuch, Gadhada, Gandhinagar, Navsari, Surendranagar, Valsad, Sankari, Gondal, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Bhadra, Bhavnagar and Mumbai, over 183,905 food packets and 250,000 water pouches were prepared for the flood-afflicted in the past one week. In addition, meals have been provided to over 11,500 people and numerous families have been given essential household supplies. BAPS’ relief work will continue until the situation resolves.
Despite the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Surat, being flooded, the sadhus and volunteers joined in the flood relief work. Joining the army in boats and other vehicles, the volunteers helped to distribute food packets, milk and water. They also recovered seven dead bodies and helped three pregnant women and other ill persons to hospital for treatment. Using ropes, emergency aid was provided to many flood victims.
In Surat, BAPS sadhus and volunteers have distributed 17,000 milk pouches, 250,000 water pouches, 183,905 food packets, 5 tons of milk powder and 500 40kg family packs (each containing flour, rice, sugar, salt, spices and oil).
From 3.00 pm on Monday, 14 August 2006, 50 BAPS sadhus and 2100 volunteers will begin to clean the area of Jayambe Road, Badrinarayan Mandir and the Adajan Road River Front situated in the T.P. Scheme No. 10 region.
Also, the Sanstha has brought in 6 medical vans and experienced doctors to treat the flood victims.
The Sanstha’s relief centres are continually sending aid to Surat, either directly or through the Sanstha’s headquarters in Amdavad and the Collector’s office.
In Atladra, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has prayed for the victims of the flood and for an early end to the difficulties.
All BAPS mandirs continue to provide support for the flood relief activities. For further details and updates, visit the BAPS website on www.swaminarayan.org.