AMURT Disaster Relief
AMURT’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for the poor and disadvantaged people of the world, and those affected by calamity and conflict. We encourage and enable individuals and communities to harness their own resources for securing the basic necessities of life and for gaining greater economic, social and spiritual fulfillment, while honoring their customs, language, and religious beliefs.
Indian flood response September – October 2009
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states were lashed by torrential rains which resulted in the worst flooding in decades. More than a million people are living in temporary camps and food supplies to several millions have been severely disrupted.
AMURT & AMURTEL volunteers from the two states along with reinforcements from around India distribute water, dry foods, clothes and blankets. We also provide urgent medical as well as psycho-social care. The operation served up to 10,000 people daily for a month.
Devastating floods in Bihar, India 2008
More than one million people was cut off by floods in northern India in the end of August.
AMURT & AMURTEL volunteers rushed to the affected area immediately and worked out of several relief camps covering the districts of Madhepura, Saharsa, Araria, Purnea, Katihar Bhagalpur and surrounding areas.
The teams for two months distributed food and non-food items to more than 10,000 people daily and provided medical care to the most vulnerable.
Flood relief 2007
AMURT and AMURTEL teams have been meeting the emergency needs of people affected by monsoon floods for the past 10 days in the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.
In Jamalabad, Bihar, our teams serve cooked food to 5,000 people daily, and deliver food supplies by small boats to 6 inaccessible villages.
In addition we have been offering yoga and sports activities to people to lift their spirits.AMURT and AMURTEL volunteers give priority to children, making sure they are well fed, and engaging them in enjoyable activities.
In phase one of the relief work our team located and buried or cremated all the dead bodies in and around Keerakolaichal in Nagapattinam district.
We were able to locate the bodies with the help of military helicopters, and the villagers and townspeople themselves. Grief-stricken tsunami survivors would approach us asking us to carry their dead relatives away.
The teams disposed of 322 bodies from December 28 to January 2. In phase two our volunteers split up into smaller groups and helped the local people clean and repair their damaged houses. Some volunteers provide counseling, games and sports for the traumatized children.
Gujarat Earthquake 2001
In Gandhidham, 1200 students and 50 teachers from the Ananda Marga schools had gathered for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26th. Immediately after the earthquake hit they joined the AMURT volunteers and set up a relief camp in their school compound.
The camp was operational within an hour and started providing shelter, cooked food, blankets, clothing and medical care to stunned survivors from the surrounding apartment blocks.
The team accommodated 220 families in the first few days under tarpaulin and plastic sheets.
Orissa Cyclone Relief 1999
AMURT was amongst the first NGOs (non-government organizations) to arrive at the scene of the devastation caused by the merciless cyclone that hit Orissa in eastern India on October 29 1999. 65 team members and 300 volunteers responded to the needs of the cyclone survivors throughout the affected areas.