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Flood Relief work:- North Karnataka -2

I visited the flood affected village “Benal” बेनाळ in north Karnataka near Bagalcot. The route of trip was Bangalore-Hospet-Bagalcot, the village comes after Ilkal, Sirur, Ameengarh, and then 6 km interior from Kamadgi, about 22 km before Bagalcot. The village resided on the bank of river Malprabha. The flood caused ruining of fields and houses of 250 farmer families in this village, among many others. Many families have lost the shelter as water entered in many houses, leaving behind half of the structure of houses. Government has provided the temporary shelter and basic electricity requirement. Water tankers are also issued and NGOs are sending trucks of food grains, bread and buiscuits, roti, chatni and related material. In my visit I saw workers from RSS, Chittoor Mattha, Davangere volunteers, and Art of Living volunteers. Art of Living Divine Karnataka Project has deployed one yuvacharya, Gadigappa, for 24 hour help of the villagers. He stays on a mat in a temple premise on a hillock top of the village, along with some others who have lost homes. He coordinates much of the food distribution, as the crowd management is required for any such distribution. He also teaches relaxation breathing techniques, yoga and satsang in the village, helping them recover from trauma of the event.

The river had expanded to about 20 times its width and 3 times its depth. Water has receded but lots of water ponds and mud is noticed.

Due to extra cost of transport, any relief material is purchased locally only, and any amount of donation is most useful.

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Flood relief work:- North Karnataka -1

From Divine Karnataka Project website:-

Relief Efforts in North Karnataka – Appeal for Help

Torrential rains over last one week have left over 200 people dead and rendered over 3,00,000 people homeless in the state. The floods have affected all 14 districts of state’s northern region.According to official sources, over 26,000 houses have collapsed in North Karnataka. Most of the eleven districts in the region are inundated, as all the rivers are flowing above the danger mark. Road and rail transport services have also been disrupted.

Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji has been actively monitoring the situation and had visited some of the worst affected areas. Art of Living has started relief work in few of the worst affected villages (Buradepad, Thalamari) of Raichur district. More teams are being deployed as we identify more villages for relief work. We are in the process of mobilizing the relief material and resources for managing this situation.

We need cash donations for buying essential materials and rebuilding the houses.

Please issue the cheques / DDs in the name of ‘VVKI – DHARMA STAMBA YOJANA’ and mail to

VVKI – Divine Karnataka Project, #1431-A, Ground Floor, 39th Cross, 22nd Main, 4th T Block, Bangalore -560 041.

Or directly transfer the funds to:

A/C NO: 10386328062, IFSC Code:SBIN0003286, Account type: CURRENT ACCOUNT

(please send a mail to with the details of transferred amount and date. Also in the transaction remark please put ‘ flood relief KAR ‘).

For all donations, 80G certificate will be provided.

You can also donate the essential items.


Food Items:
Grains (Rice, maize)
Dhal (Tuvar dhal, green gram)
Tea Powder
Milk Power
Sooji (Upma Rava)
MTR Ready to eat food packets.
Pain Killers
First Aid Kits

Request you to sort the materials and label the same (Rice in one packet, Sugar in packet etc). This will help us in reducing the processing time and minimize transportation costs.

Relief material can be sent to:

VVKI – Divine Karnataka Project, #1431-A, Ground Floor, 39th Cross, 22nd Main, 4th T Block, Bangalore -560 041 OR please call 080-42173285, 9845589393, 9986487255 and our volunteers will pickup the material from your centers.

For more info and status of relief work visit

About Art of Living:

The Art of Living Foundation is an international non-profit, educational, charitable, and humanitarian organization, offering programs in more than 150 countries around the world. As a Non-Governmental Organisation, Art of Living Foundation works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education and sustainable development.

For more info visit

For Divine Karnataka Project,

Nagaraj Gangolli

State Coordinator.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 August 2009 10:22 )