Massive India Flood Strands Millions

  • Past RI President Rajendra Saboo visited the Saharsa District of Bihar, India, last week to survey the devastation caused by August’s massive floods.
  • The Kosi River in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, overflowed its banks in August after torrential rainfall from heavy monsoons caused a dam to burst in southern Nepal, setting off the worst flooding in 50 years. Millions of people have been displaced, and hundreds of villages are under water in northeast India.
  • “These are unprecedented conditions. Bihar presented a deadly picture of devastation,” says Saboo, a resident in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. “We saw the human spirit fight for survival.”
  • I’m happy to see how Rotary clubs and districts from all over the country are responding,” says Saboo. “Rotarians are doing a good job during the intermediate relief stage
  • Relief aid trucks have been coming in from districts throughout the country.
  • Districts 3131 and 3140 have already sent trucks full of medicine, food, clothes, and blankets. Two doctors from District 3100 arrived to provide medical care.

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