Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 : Spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) has announced that her Ashram will provide Rs. one lakh each to the families who have lost a member in the floods in Kerala.
“My heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones. I am praying that they are able to get back their self-confidence and attain peace and prosperity. We all need to reach out to those in need with compassion and service," Amma said in a release here on Friday. Amma also said that she feels the recent flooding is due to indiscriminate chopping down of trees and other abuses of nature.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math has also set up its “Amrita Helpline” at the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The helpline is being manned by volunteers from the math’s youth group, Ayudh. Through the helpline (0476 280 5050), flood victims can get various forms of assistance.
During the 2018 Kerala flood, Amrita Help Line volunteers attended more than 25,000 calls, by connecting more than 100,000 flood victims across the state with appropriate relief services, including government officials, the Navy, NDRF, Kerala State Police, local fishermen and other volunteering agencies.
The Math is also encouraging people to reach out for help via its Amrita Kripa App that is available for free download on Google Play. The App can be used by disaster victims and relief providers to locate, rescue and provide medical help and supplies such as clothing, medicines and restore services such as water, electricity supply, telephone services and so on.
Amma’s ashram has also opened up relief camps at various centres across the state and a relief mission is underway at Wayanad, Idukki and other districts.
Similar efforts were undertaken by the Math during last year’s monsoon flood, contributing more than Rs 10 crore to help flood victims.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been dedicated to disaster-relief since 2001 by contributing more than Rs 475 crore in disaster relief. It has provided assistance in the wake of flood in Chennai (2015), Jammu-Kashmir (2014), Uttarakhand (2013), Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (2009), Bihar (2008), Gujarat (2006), Mumbai (2005).
It has also rendered relief-and-rehabilitation in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake (2015), Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines (2013), the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami (2011), the Haiti Earthquake (2010), Cyclone Aila in West Bengal (2009), Hurricane Katrina in USA (2005), Bhuj earthquake of 2001 and the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, the release said. (UNI)