Bihar Flood Relief Campaign
Immediately after the massive devastation that the floods had caused in the northern districts of Bihar, where an estimated 2 million people were severely affected, the MET League of Colleges - conscious of its responsibility towards society, launched an immediate Relief Campaign to provide the flood affected families with a ‘Family Relief Kit’. The Relief Kit comprised of 14 essential goods, 7 food and 11 first aid and utility items.
The Trustees has shared there views at the campaign launch, “Considering the sheer magnitude of devastations in Bihar, we are aware that the Indian administrative system cannot provide relief and rehabilitation to everyone. In this hour of national crisis, it is the duty of each one of us to contribute to the cause”.
Motivated MET students, faculty, staff and alumni donated generously to this cause, and lent help to wipe away the tears of the unfortunate victims. This campaign was another social upliftment project by MET – an NGO in Special Consultative Status with UN (ECOSOC).
A five member team of students and a staff of MET boarded Rajendra Nagar Bihar Express from CST Mumbai on October 12, 2008 at 23:35 hrs. to leave for Bihar; team consisted of Mr. Santosh Sawant, Mr. Pushkar Kashyap, Mr. Arafat Sarang, Mr. Ankit Mehta, Mr. Ritesh Kumar Singh. The team reached Rajendra Nagar (Bihar) on October 14, 2008 around 4:30 hrs. along with the donated 101 MET Relief Kits to the flood affected persons in District Madhepura, Bihar. The MET team was greeted by the Red Cross official Mr. Asgar Ali and arranged a Sumo Victa and a Truck for further travel to Madhepura.
The team reached Madhepura by 20:30 hrs. on 14th October. Mr. Ramnaresh Singh, Additional District Magistrate had arranged our accommodation from October 14 – 18, 2008. On 15th October, the team visited and surveyed the flood-affected areas of Saharsa and Lal Mahal. The team met the volunteers of various relief organizations and local temple trustees and local politicians.
On October 16, 2008, the team visited and surveyed the flood-affected areas of Madhepura and nearby areas. The team met the volunteers of various relief organizations and local temple trustees and local politicians. The team conducted meetings with Mr. Atish Chandra, District Magistrate - Madhepura, Mr. Rajendra Ram Additional District Magistrate, Mr. Diwakar District Transport Officer and Mr. Sanjay Kumar, District Land Acquisition Officer. According to the information given by these officials, the team understood the reasons and consequences of the flood. At the same time the team decided on the area which required the maximum amount of help.
On 17th October, the team traveled to Sinheshwar from Madhepura with the Relief kits. From there the team further traveled to the most affected village Badayali. As the village was severely affected by the floods, the team had to travel in boats with the Police and Force. After traveling through these flood affected regions for one hour, the team reached to the Badayali village - the approximate population of the region is 14,000. The team surveyed the entire village to select the people who actually needed urgent help - for example widows, children, senior citizens, members of the deceased people etc. the team was guided and assisted by Block Development Officer, District Superintendent of Police, the jawans from Sinheshwar Thana and most importantly Jawans of Indian Tibetan Border Police and Bihar Military Police.
The village Mukhiyas (Heads) and locals of Badayali were of immense help for the team to identify the real victims. Here the team distributed 101 coupons according to the list. The list is kept with the BDO and the kits are in the custody of the Police Force. According to the list, the victims are supposed to show coupons to the police and receive the needed aid.
On the same day the team visited the DM Office where the copy of list was submitted to the Administration Dept. The MET Team received fair acknowledgement from the DM and senior officials for their efforts throughout the mission. The MET team met the Magistrate of Civil Court - Mr. Om Sagar and handed over the complete synopsis of the mission and some photographs. Due to his recommendation the team was acknowledged and appreciated by the local press ‘Hindustan’ daily.
The team left for the return journey on 18th October from Madhepura by road at 08:30 am for Rajendra Nagar (via Patna) and reached Indian Red Cross Society, Patna. The MET team was honored by the organization and awarded certificates for the team members and the Director and Trustee of MET. From Patna the MET team headed to Rajendra Nagar, and boarded the RN Bihar – LTT Express at 22:40; the team reached LTT, Mumbai on October 20, 2008 at 11:30 hrs with satisfied minds and unforgettable memories of the ill-affected Bihar.