RELIEF OPERATIONS - Flood Affected Jammu & Kashmir – Phase II by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations - Punjab and Delhi
After the first phase of relief operations in the flood-hit J & K, ‘White Army’ Sevadal volunteers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations from Punjab and Delhi in coordination with SSSSO - J & K have organized the second phase of relief operations, bringing succor to many a thousand in the deluge-hit State. As already reported last month, elaborate survey followed by medical relief camps were organized in various ‘vantage’ affected areas providing medicines and other materials to the needy, as part of the first phase of operations.
Continuing in the spirit of action, following the first phase, a series of medical relief camps were organized by the combined team based on the survey conducted at the beginning. The survey conducted in Srinagar area came in handy as the team could proceed with clear preplanning. Our Correspondent from the region reports on the continuing ‘Love In Action’ in the name of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai.
With Bhagawan’s Grace and Blessings, two truckloads of relief materials, laden with medicines, blankets, bed sheets, quilts and mattresses, were sent well in advance, ahead of the second phase of operations. This included several cartons of bed sheets and medicines received from Kerala. The team of volunteers included some medicos from Delhi and the congenial coordination between the Sevadals from the twin states, Delhi and Punjab, triggered organizing Relief Camps simultaneously in various places. Their combined effort and endeavor eventuated in total EIGHT successive Camps in the valley.
Camp in Bemina village: The fifth relief Camp was organized in Bemina village, in a local community center, opposite to Shafaqat, a School for Mentally Challenged & Multiple Disabilities, run under the auspices of voluntary Medicare Society, Jammu & Kashmir. Over 330 patients were benefited with the medical checkup and 325 blankets along with bed sheets were distributed amongst the lesser privileged ones. Shafaqat Staff members were also served with blankets along with some medicines.
Camp in Kunwari & Gundiboond Villages:This Camp was organized in Kunwari village wherein 165 patients were benefited with medical checkups and distribution of medicines. 200 blankets and some bed sheets were doled out to the impoverished. The seventh Camp was set up in the village Gundiboond in Tehsil Sonavari. 135 patients were catered with the medical checkup and medicines and over 100 blankets and some bed sheets were distributed amongst the needy. Despite adverse weather conditions, the Camp and corresponding services went on well, with Bhagawan’s Grace.
Camp in villages Poshwari & Wazipura: In the eighth Camp organized in the Village Poshwari, over 270 blankets and some bed Sheets were given to the affected. In village Wazipura, located in Northern Kashmir, 180 patients were benefited with the medical checkup. 125 blankets and some bed sheets were distributed amongst the people.
Ninth Camp in village Bandipura:This Camp was organised in Village Bandipura in District Markandpua. Over 430 patients were benefited with the medical checkup; 375 blankets along with some bed sheets were distributed to the needy. The Seva Dal team in operation also visited an Orphanage (Yateem Khanah) named “Raahat Manzil” situated in the locality and rendered services.
Tenth Camp in Lasjan Village: 285 patients were benefited with medical aid and over 200 blankets were distributed amongst the under privileged in the 7th Camp organised in Village Lasjan.
Eleventh Camp in Gulzarpura: This camp organized in Village Gulzarpura, located near Avantipur in Southern Kashmir, over 315 patients were benefited by the Medical Camp organised by the Delhi group of Sevadals. 285 Blankets were distributed amongst the natives.
Mid-Term Shelter for impending (Winter Season): Supplementing the rehabilitation of the destitute in the flood-ravaged State, 10 Mid-Term Shelters (MTS) are being constructed in Gulzarpura and other villages. MTS is a temporary dome-shaped shelter that would accommodate the homeless in the biting cold in the impending winter season.
Twelfth Camp in Alibag and Indra Nagar: Two more relief camps were organized in villages, Alibag in Baramulla District and Indra Nagar in Iqbal Colony. At Alibag, 210 patients were catered and 170 blankets were distributed, and at Indra Nagar, 217 quilts, 340 blankets and 100 bed sheets were distributed to the lesser privileged ones.
Based on a survey and assessment by the Jammu & Kashmir Sathya Sai Seva Organizations in districts Poonch, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kathua and Jammu in the Jammu region, relief materials containing blankets, study materials, stationery etc., were distributed to the needy, benefiting around 1500 families.