Disaster Relief Initiatives

Andhra Pradesh Hudhud, 2014

2014-DEC-16 Hudhud Relief in Kothapalem, CISCO - 3The Disaster: On October 12, 2014, Cyclone Hudhud hits Andhra Pradesh and had not only killed 46 persons and injured 43 others but also affected 20.93 lakh families and took lives of 2831 animals and 24.43 lakh poultry/ducks in four districts.

IAHV Intervention:

  • Distributed 1800 Food packet to affected people of Hudhud cyclone in Andhra Pradesh under CSR with Cisco.

Uttarakhand Flood Relief, 2013

Material Kalimath, Uttarakhand 3The Disaster: On June 16th, 2013, torrential rains in the northern state of Uttarakhand triggered massive flooding and landslides, wiping out buildings, roads and entire towns. The destruction of roads and bridges made rescue operations extremely difficult, and thousands died of starvation and extreme weather conditions in the days that followed the rains.

IAHV Intervention: Click here to get Detail Intervention

Report on Uttarakhand Flood, 2013

Assam Relief, 2012

The Disaster: In July 2012 Assam saw outbreaks of riots between different ethnicities that displaced over 400,000 lives. Men, women and children have been killed; schools and houses have been burnt. Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts of northeast are the worst hit among five affected districts, the two others being Bongaigaon and Baksa.

IAHV Intervention:

  • Immediate material aid at our relief camps, food, water, clothing & shelter homes.
  • Trauma Relief workshops releasing trauma and restoring hope.
  • As a short term rehabilitation plan, we aim at fostering personal responsibility of individuals through service and mentorship programs conducted by community volunteers that empower self-reliance.

Report on Assam Relief, 2012

Cloudbrust in Leh, 2010

The Disaster: On August 5/6, 2010, cloudbursts over Leh, Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir, India) caused flash floods at several places in the entire region. Choglamsar, a place 15 kms from Leh was the worst affected. A part of Leh town also suffered including complete destruction of BSNL office and its machinery and main hospital. Places like Kaltsi, Sheh and some places in Nubra valley also suffered due to cloudburst. The natural calamity resulted in the loss of over 200 lives and about 400 people are still missing,over three weeks after the event, washed away and feared buried in the debris. It is estimated that about 750 families have been displaced.

IAHV Intervention:

  • Drinking water was an immediate requirement. 54 water filters were dispatched. IAHV-The Art of Living volunteers promptly offered to donate one water filter per family.
  • Families who lost houses were temporarily placed in tents.
  • Given Trauma relief workshop (NCS & Blessing)

Report on Cloudbrust in Leg, 2010

Karnataka Flood, 2009

The Disaster: The devastating torrential rains in 2009 destroyed entire villages in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka India. The floods destroyed over 50,000 homes, public buildings and other infrastructure, and many of the residents also lost their means of earning a living.

IAHV’s Intervention – Short Term Measures:

  • Trauma relief: impacting 65% of residents in 31 villages
  • Material aid: 8 Tons of Food Grains, 3600 packets of Biscuits and 50kgs of Milk powder, 220 water filters
  • Medical care: 6 doctors organized 10 medical camps
  • Build & provided 150 temporary sheds to homeless family

Long Term Rehabilitation: Constructed 239 houses for the flood-affected people in Khairwadgi and Hebbali village in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

Report on Karnataka Flood, 2009

Nyigam Fire, 2009

The Disaster: On September 6, 2009, tragedy struck Nyigam Village in Basar under in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India, when 108 houses were gutted in a deadly fire. The entire village was almost wiped off by the fire, which started from a house under scorching heat of a summer afternoon. The fire engulfed the entire village within no time as all the dwelling structures were highly inflammable thatched-roofed houses. Nothing could be salvaged from the devastating fire. Fortunately, no life was lost though two villagers sustained severe burn injuries.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • Distributed cloths
  • Distributed School kits to school going children
  • Provided trauma relief program
  • Planned for construction of houses

Report on Nyigam Fire, 2009

Bihar Flood, 2008

The Disaster: On August 18th, 2008, the Monsoon rains caused massive flooding of the Kosi River in the Indian State of Bihar. The Indian Prime Minister declared the disaster a “National Calamity,” the worst floods the area has seen in 50 years. An estimated 3.5 million people were affected as the river Kosi broke its embankment.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • Distributed relief materials worth Rs.10 crores among flood victims.
  • Provided medical relief with Hygiene & sanitation
  • Provided trauma relief program to more than 25000 people
  • Provided vocational training to women on jute bag making and agarbatti (incense stick) rolling for economical empowerment.
  • Provided Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP) to 400 local youths in affected area to shoulder the responsibility of rehabilitation.

Report on Bihar Flood, 2008

Farmer’s Suicide in Vidharbha, 2006

The Disaster: Due to socioeconomic problems, such as harassment by moneylenders, inability to repay debts following crop loss, etc. farmers suicide rate was highest in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. In a single year farmers committed suicide was more than 1,800.

IAHV’s Intervention:

IAHV & Art of Living stepped in and launched a multi-fold action programme – Swavalamban (Self-Reliance) programme. This programme followed a multi-pronged approach: to provide the farmers trauma relief through breathing techniques and meditation, train them in practical low cost techniques like chemical-free farming to enhance the farm produce and undertake projects such as rain water harvesting to overcome water shortages.

Report on Vidharbha, 2006

Gujarat Flood, 2005

The Disaster: Heavy monsoon floods in India’s western Gujarat state left at least 131 people dead just one week after the floods in June 2005, according to figures from the state flood response center and more than 65,000 people homeless. More than 7,200 villages had been inundated and some 176,000 people left homeless by monsoon floods in India’s western Gujarat state, where a dead lion washed up with dozens of other casualties, officials and news reports said.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • Distributed 37200 food packets, 57000 water pouches, 700 Biscuit packets, 5200 Raw food material kits
  • Provided medical relief
  • Provided trauma relief program

Report on Gujarat Flood, 2005

Maharashtra Flood, 2005

The Disaster: On July 26, 2005, thousands of people living in the Indian state of Maharashtra had lost their homes and loved ones due to the severe flooding that took place. The Mumbai area and other cities were deeply affected by the rains. Torrential rain falls had caused much of the Mumbai metropolis to come to a standstill as roads and sidewalks were full of water.

IAHV’s Intervention in Mumbai Region:

  • Distributed 12,000 food packets everyday from 27th July – 11th Aug
  • Provided medical relief to 5000 people
  • Provided trauma relief program to affected people

IAHV’s Intervention in Mahad (Konkan Region):

  • Provided cooked food to 7000 people every day for 6 days
  • Clothes, utensils, stoves, blankets etc were also distributed to over 1000 families.

Report on Maharashtra Food, 2005

Kashmir Earthquake, 2005

The Disaster: 7.5 Richter scale magnitude Earthquake, killing 75,000, has been dubbed the “children’s catastrophe,” with 50% of its victims children.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • Trauma relief camps for 25,000 adults and 800 children
  • Orphanage established serving 300 Kashmiri children from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds.

Report on Kashmir Earthquake, 2005

Tsunami, 2004 ongoing


The Disaster: The third largest earthquake ever recorded, 227,898 died, homes and schools destroyed, local economies destroyed.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • 300 IAHV volunteers from around the world
  • Trauma relief for ~50,000 in South India, 25,000 in Sri Lanka
  • Provided $1.05 million in food, medical aid, clothing to 10 villages
  • Build 94 homes in Nagapattinam
  • Built and run new primary and higher secondary school in Nagapattinam
  • Built and run orphanage and primary school in Sri Lanka
  • Built Sri Sri Industrial School in Nagapattinam that provided vocational training in the areas of plumbing and electrical works, tailoring, wielding, and computer training eventually helping victims to find jobs in their area of specialization. A multipurpose community centre has been built to create common space for the community to come together in different activities
  • Sponsored research on impact of trauma relief programs on tsunami victims

Report on Tsunami Relief, Nagapattinam, 2004 ongoing

Gujarat Earthquake, 2001

The Disaster: 7.6-7.9 Richter scale magnitude, killed around 20,000 people, injured another 167,000 and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes.

IAHV’s Intervention:

  • Food aid: 30,000 people
  • Relief material worth Rs.50 Lakhs was distributed
  • Built model township: 124 homes, causeway, water tanks, drainage system, community hall, school, place of worship
  • Built tribal school
  • Built 15 temporary schools fully functional  after 3 months of earthquake

Report on Gujarat Earthquake, 2001

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