Bihar floods: The Art of Living offers relief to 80,000 people

A flood-prone state, Bihar witnessed one of the worst and most devastating floods in recent times, claiming over 300 lives, leaving at least 1.71 crore people across 19 district stranded, and causing extensive damage to property.  

The Art of Living volunteers sprung into action and started distributing relief materials to the affected families. Most houses in affected villages were inundated and people gathered at nearby hillocks to save themselves. The team was the first to reach at several places to provide aid.

Relief efforts in full swing 

So far, The Art of Living has provided relief to around 4000 people in Sarswan village, 1,400 people in Sundarpur Khap, 700 individuals in Deeh Mahuwahi village and hundreds of families in east and west Champaran. Over 20,000 food packets, comprising dry and cooked food have been distributed to families so far. Drinking water, clothes, medicines, and tarpaulins are also being provided to the affected.

Relief activities are going on in full swing in several other flood-affected regions of Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh, including:

  • Baspur Pipra
  • Bahurva
  • Padrauna
  • Arariya Barva 
  • Chatmi, Asurari 
  • Meghauli 
  • Harpurva
  • Pimpariya 
  • Muzzafarpur 
  • Motihari 
  • Araria 
  • Katihar 
  • Prune 
  • Betharva

The mayor of Gorakhpur, Anju Chaudhary and regional ministers, including Dr. Dharmendra Singh, Kanak Hari Prasad and Manoj Agrahari joined in with The Art of Living in its relief operations.

Along with relief work, The Art of Living is also conducting trauma relief programs in all the affected districts. The team plans to engage in post flood activities as well such as distribution of bleaching powder, chlorine tablets and general medicines to safeguard people from diseases that generally happen after the water recedes

Join in the relief efforts

Your contribution can help us reach out to the victims with clean drinking water, sanitation utilities, dry food items, hygiene, shelter kits and much more.

Donate today and help spread solace during this time of crisis.

Relief material urgently required includes:

  • plastic sheets 
  • rice
  • dal
  • clothes
  • slippers
  • torch
  • solar lights 
  • chlorine tablets 
  • bleaching powder

You can send the relief material to the following address:

Sangeeta Sinha,
Flat no. 31, 
Krishna Kunj Apartment, 
Behind Karlo Motors, 
Boring Road, 
Patna - 800001

Contributions can be made to the following accounts, specifically mentioning it is for Bihar Flood Relief:

Only for Domestic contributions

Account name: IAHV - Disaster Relief Fund

Account no: 01841450000025

Bank name: HDFC

IFSC: HDFC0001753

Branch code: 1753.

Contact: 9304832285, 82948 77627


Only for International contributions

Account name: International Association For Human Values
FCRA account no.: 00031000242604
Bank branch address: 209-214, Kailash Building, 26, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110001
IFSC no: HDFC0000003

Please note that the donor should share the following information with at the time of transferring funds for maintaining records as we submit the donation/donor details quarterly with the Ministry of Home Affairs:

Name of donor:

Name of country:


PAN (only for Indian nationals):

Transaction number for NEFT/net banking:

Purpose of grant/donation:

Email/website address:

Postal address:

Contact no.:

The Art of Living is also actively carrying out relief operations in several other flood affected parts of India, including West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Story updated on September 7, 2017