Flood Relief (pre Covid-19) — Dehradun Flood 2013

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, June 2013

In June 2013, the North Indian state of Uttarakhand and adjoining areas received 375% more rainfall than normal, causing devastating flashfloods and massive landslides in the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami. Heavy rainfall for consecutive days and melting snow aggravated the floods. Thousands of people were caught unaware, resulting in loss of life and property. The area is also popular with tourists and pilgrims in summer, and many stranded tourists and pilgrims were without rations and food for several days.

Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra sent our team of doctors, nurses, cooks, and volunteers to set up a free medical and food camp to provide relief to the people affected by the flood. We served the flood victims fresh cooked hot chana bhature (chickpea curry with a soft fluffy fried flatbread) and gave them free medicines. Dry ration kits were loaded into a big truck and driven to the area. Then helicopters air lifted the ration kits to the victims stranded in the floods.