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Seva Bharati creates history, rescues 75,600 flood-hit in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 29 (UNI) In its legendary rescue operation perhaps in the first time in the world history, the RSS social service organisation 'Seva Bharati' saved the lives of 75,600 flood-hit people all over Kerala, since July 18.
Two Seva Bharati activists had to sacrifice their lives and another 40 seriously hurt in their attempt to save the drowning people when the Government machinery was defunct in the initial days of deluge, Seva Bharati Kerala President Dr. K Presanna Murthy told a press conference here on Wednesday.
During the crisis days, more than 350 boats, 75 ambulances, 600 vehicles were plying criss-cross with 14,100 Swayamsevsks in Kakhi shorts.
About 298 relief camps were opened to house the flood-hit people and a medical team consists of 650 health workers have also been deputed to ensure timely medical assistance to flood victims and control the spread of epidemics.
The latest challenge taken up by Seva Bharati is the massive cleaning operation in flood-hit areas, which include houses, schools, hospitals, wells, and other public buildings.
In another hectic cleaning effort, two lakh volunteers will be deployed in every nook and corner of Kerala to carryout a cleaning operation with in a day on September one.
Seva Bharati also collected 2155 tonne food grains, clothes and household utensils to be distributed among the flood victims. More than 300 collection centres were opened in various districts to collect relief materials, which are being distributed to 1,05,000 families.
About 27,600 houses, 210 worship places, including churches, 400 hospitals, several schools, thousands of wells and other institutions were also cleaned with the involvement of 1,20,000 Seva Bharati activists.
In the second phase of rehabilitation, medical camps, family councilings are being organised in many districts.
In the third phase, Seva Bharati is also planning to conduct a comprehensive survey in flood-hit areas to assess the loss as part of ensuring further financial aid in rehabilitation process.
Seva Bharati lost their two activists -- Vishal (23) of Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district and Midhun (24) of Elamkunnapuzha in Ernakulam district -- during the rescue operations.
The press conference was also attended by RSS State Seva Pramukh GV Girish, Seva Bharati State Organising Secretary UN Haridas, State Secretary D Vijayan.
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