Art of Living carries out relief work for Bihar flood victims

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Purnia, Sep 23 (UNI) Art of Living, a Bangalore based NGO, has launched a multi-pronged relief operation among thousands of flood victims in north Bihar besides mobilising relief materials worth over Rs ten crore.

Claiming that Art of Living(AoL) volunteers swung into action to provide succour to thousands of flood victims in several north Bihar districts soon after the unprecedented tragedy struck the state, AoL sources here today said they were planning to raise another Rs 40 crores for rehabilitation of the victims.

The AoL had also stepped up its trauma relief measures and arranged pranayam and meditation sessions in several relief camps in Supoul, Purnia and Araria districts, the sources said adding this two-pronged strategy was aimed at offering ''holistic rehabilitation.'' Thousands of survivors had already benefitted from the trauma relief measures and many of them who could not sleep out of fear and anxiety, were now able to have sound sleep despite experiencing the horrors of devastation and the catastrophy, the sources claimed.

These apart, the sources said that about 5,000 inmates of Jankinagar and Phulwari relief camps in Purnia and some others in Supoul and Araria districts were provided food, new clothes, polythene sheets, torches and even bleaching powder.

An AoL medical camp was also working round the clock providing treatment and medicines to the affected,the sources said.

In order to oversee the situation and provide solace to the victims, AoL Chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would visit a number of relief camps and interact with their inmates in Purnia on September 25.

Before leaving for Kolkata the same afternoon Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would conduct a mass trauma relief session for the flood victims, the sources added.

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