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650 volunteers bring relief material in flood-ravaged Konkan belt

Service & Social Programs


650 volunteers bring relief material in flood-ravaged Konkan belt

August 1, 2021
Bengaluru, India

The Art of Living and IAHV volunteers, along with their partners have been working on a war footing to provide relief in the form of food, clothes, dry ration kits and other vital essentials in the flood-ravaged regions of Maharashtra’s Konkan belt. The relief work has so far benefited over 6,800+ families and over 20,000+ people in more than 39 villages, in the districts of Raigad and Ratnagiri.

The relief material included over 26,000 liters of water and more than 52,005 kgs of grains among other daily essential items. Every relief kit included dal(lentils), rice, tea powder, toothpaste, toothbrush, sugar, salt, wheat flour and soap that could last for about 15 days for a family of four.

Konkan flood relief 2021 infographic

Over 200 teachers from Gurudev Ravishankar Vidya Mandir in Borivali and hundreds of other volunteers from Mulund, Andheri, Ulhasnagar, Vapi & Kalyan coordinated for distribution of relief material in different villages in Mahad and Chiplun, some of the worst-affected areas in Maharashtra.

“We wish to thank the hundreds of The Art of Living and International Association for Human Values (IAHV) volunteers for upholding humanity time and time again in the face of calamity, be it for COVID relief or the present flood situation in Maharashtra,” said Bharat Vig, Trustee & CEO, IAHV India. “We would also like to thank our partners for standing by us in times like these. It is with their support that we are able to contribute significantly on ground zero.”

Konkan flood relief 2021 work in progress by Art of Living volunteers