In the month of June, due to torrential rains & unfortunate breaching of river banks at several places, many areas of Imphal valley got flooded. Accordingly, after receiving instructions from headquarters, we conducted survey of some of the worst affected localities.During our survey we found that most of the people in those localities are poor, living in bamboo framed mud houses. Many such houses were partially damaged or fully ruined, forcing the inmates to stay in community halls till their houses are repaired or rebuild.
After receiving permission from Headquarters, we organised primary relief camps on Monday, 25th June, 2018 & Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 for the benefit of the flood affected families of 6 localities (Wangoi Makha Leikai, Wangmei Kabui, Longjam Leikai, Wahengbam Leikai, Thounaojam Leikai and Thoudam Leikai) under Wangoi Sub-Division in Imphal West district. In all 1070 affected families each were provided with the food ration packets consisting of (Rice 10 Kgs, Dal 2 Kgs, Edible Oil 1 lts, Salt 1 Kg & 1 pkt ( 125 gms) Ngari (fermented fish). The total expenditure for the relief came to about Rs. 5.4 lakhs which was fully borne by our Headquarters at Belur Math.
On both the days, the Secretary of the centre along with other monks, accompanied by the President of our Managing Committee and other committee members went to conduct the relief camps.
In wake of our relief efforts we received lots of appreciation from the locals and they all admired the systematic & organized way of the Ramakrishna Mission in conducting this relief work. The local representatives told us that our system of identifying the beneficiaries, by way of distributing cards and maintaining muster roll, is very effective, as it greatly helped them also to ensure that all the recipients are genuine & that none of the affected families are left out. Also, they were glad that substantial quantity of ration is being provided to them. The events were also covered by both print & television media.
We received full support from the locals who helped us in surveying, in distribution of beneficiary cards, and in maintaining muster roll. We had also informed the Superintendent of Police about our camps and requested to take appropriate security measures to ward off any untoward incident. Thus, on both the days, a police team, having, both male & lady police officers, were provided, which proved to be very helpful in peacefully conducting the relief.
It would have been very difficult for us to conduct these camps, but for the help we received, from our ex-students & other distinguished management committee members, who accompanied us, as volunteers, on both the weekdays, sacrificing their personal work and very enthusiastically participated in this noble work. We are indebted to them for all the incessant support they have been providing and always backing us through thick and thin, since, the inception of our branch center here.
Thus, by the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, our first flood relief, after establishing of the Imphal Centre, went off very well, to the satisfaction of everyone involved, for being able to bring succour to some of the affected families.
Some pictures of Day-1 of Flood Relief conducted by the monks & volunteers of Ramakrishna Mission,Babupara, Imphal at Wangoi Makha Leikai and Wangmei Kabui under Wangoi Sub-Division in Imphal West district on 25.06.2018.
Some pictures of Day-2 of Flood Relief conducted by the monks & volunteers of Ramakrishna Mission,Babupara, Imphal at Longjam Leikai, Wahengbam Leikai, Thounaojam Leikai and Thoudam Leikai) under Wangoi Sub-Division in Imphal West district on 26.06.2018.