Flood Relief (pre Covid-19) — Bihar Flood 2017

Bihar, August 2017

Bihar is India’s most flood-prone state due to torrential rain in the foothills of the Himalayas during the summer monsoon season. The majority of the population in North Bihar live under recurring threat of flood devastation.

In August 2017, a sudden increase in water discharge due to the heavy monsoon downpours in Nepal and Bihar led to flash floods after rivers broke their banks. The floods affected 19 districts of North Bihar. The overflowing rivers engulfed numerous villages.

Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra volunteers immediately started to distribute cooked food to the flood victims. We served rice with daal (lentils), pooris (fried bread) with veggies, and khichadi (rice and lentils). Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra volunteers covered 50 villages in two districts: Gopalganj and Motihari. The food distribution continued for 8 days. Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra also distributed dry ration kits that contained atta (whole wheat flour), rice and daal to help the displaced families who returned to their villages and faced the difficult task of cleaning out the mud and debris from to their homes.