NGOs step up to help Uttarakhand victims

To provide relief to thousands of people affected by the disaster in Uttarakhand,several city-based NGOs and individuals are coming forward to help those who are still stuck there.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:June 23, 2013 4:10 am

To provide relief to thousands of people affected by the disaster in Uttarakhand,several city-based NGOs and individuals are coming forward to help those who are still stuck there.

City-based NGO Shiv Parvati Sewa Dal is sending relief in the form of food and water.

“We have around 3,500 members in the tricity and another 1,600 in other parts of the country from whom we receive a monthly subscription of Rs. 100. From the collected funds and donations made by residents and well wishers,we will be able to run this initiative successfully,” said Rajinder Singh,president of the Sewa Dal.

“We usually provide food and medical assistance to people going on Amarnath Yatra,but this time we decided to focus on those stuck in Uttarakhand,” he added.

“We are putting together food packets with each one containing 250 gm chana,100 gm sweet chana,one packet of biscuit,one citrus flavored toffee and one 250 ml mineral water bottle. Apart from this,people are also donating warm clothes,” said Singh. The NGO also plans to send pulses,rice and sugar once the people are safe and settle at army or government camps.

The NGO has set up its base at Satsang Bhawan in Sector 26 for packing and loading the material to be sent in trucks. The relief process started on Friday and the organisers said it would continue till adequate help is required.

The organisers told Suday Newsline that four trucks have already been sent to Dehradun after which the army would deploy the relief in Uttarakhand.

Awareness about the project is being spread by members of the NGO and the media.

Neetu,a member of the organisation said,“I have been working here since noon as we want to send whatever possible aid we can to those stuck in Uttarakhand.”

Residents of Sector 22 were also present to lend a helping hand. Jaspal Kumar,Resham Singh and Ishan were busy packing food packets. They heard about the NGO’s initiative from their relatives.

Prayer and meditation

Members of the Brahmakumaris organisation have extended their condolences to the relatives of the deceased and also prayed for peace of the departed souls.

The official said that the organisation at its 8,500 branches across the country has been offering special prayers and meditation sessions every morning for the safety of flood victims.

As per an official,“To pay tributes to those who died in the natural calamity,a meeting was held at zonal head office,Rajyoga Bhawan,Sector 33-A in which Brahmakumar Amir Chand,National Vice Chairperson of social service wing of the organisation expressed grief over the loss of hundreds of lives in the flash floods that hit Uttarakhand.

A special meditation was performed to give courage and strength to the people struggling for survival.”

Amir Chand said that medical teams from the Mount Abu based Global Hospital of the organisation have been sent to provide medical facilities to victims.

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