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Northern India Flood Disaster Relief Fund Appeal

We are all aware of the disastrous floods that have plagued Uttarakhand. Torrential rain and floods washed away buildings and roads, killing of hundreds people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Soldiers and other workers reopened dozens of roads by building makeshift bridges, accelerating the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people. The River Ganga and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark in several areas in the Himalayan state. Over 2 Million people are displaced and are in dire need of help and support. AAPI Charitable Foundation (AAPI-CF) is organizing relief efforts and providing humanitarian assistance.


Three Months After Floods, Cries For Help Echo In Uttarakhand More than three months after flash floods, landslides and rain destroyed large parts of Uttarakhand the tortuous exercise of rebuilding shattered lives is on. The immediate task of evacuating thousands of pilgrims and tourists is over. But the residents suffer, each day a grim battle to tackle the fallout of a loss of a way of life and livelihoods.


The government has just about scratched the surface of the problem. The task of reconstruction is uphill. Roads have vanished. The topography has changed. Rivers have altered course. Rain and landslides hobble operations and worse, winter is approaching. Tourism, once Uttarakhand's backbone, doesn't exist anymore.


A case in point is the Kedar Valley of Rudraprayag district. Many families here no longer have homes. Their farmlands no longer exist. The pilgrimage circuit, once a money spinner that helped them to sustain the year is history. Hotels, shops and eateries are in ruins.


This is indeed a picture of devastation. Abandoned cars litter the roads, most of them damaged, full of sand and debris. The losses are enormous. Chief Minister Vijay Bahugana concedes a complete recovery will take years and nearly US$2.2 billion. The government is setting up pre-fabricated houses in 19 places. These should last for over 20 years. The state doesn't have the means to compensate for the damages fully. People are doing our best, but can't compensate the entire Kedar Valley for their loss. Effort's to provide relief are sub-optimal.


Sadhana, a Coalition of Progressive Hindus is an advocacy group based around the city that tries to advocate a socially conscious, progressive agenda, focusing on inserting tolerance, inclusiveness, non-violence (ahimsa) and faith in action (sadhana) into Hindu and interfaith discourse. As such, activities such as beach cleanups promote awareness of the moral imperative to care for the environment and promote greener practices in worship.


In response to the problem of debris at local beaches, Sadhana launched an environmental initiative known as Project Prithvi which aims to protect both tradition and the environment in a way that benefits society at large.




Northern India Flood Disaster Relief Fund Appeal


How to Donate

Your donations are tax deductible
Please donate generously.
Please make your check payable to AAPI Charitable Foundation and mail it to:
Girish Thakkar, MBA, AWMA
Registered Principal, Raymond James
2001 Montour Church Rd., Ste. 100
Oakdale, PA 15071 Cell: 412-901-0039
Please specify: Northern India Flood Disaster Relief Fund in memo




Money collected by our dedicated organization to help the needy and displaced people of Northern India due to devastated floods in Northern India will be send thru an organization that ensures virtually 100% of donations will go directly to help the victims and their families.



Thank you.

Nick Shroff, MD

Chairman, AAPI Charitable Foundation

www.aapiCharitableFoundation.org