Relief news update from Nepal - 27 Nov 2009  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from Nepal.
Beginning October 4, torrential rains swept through western Nepal and overflowed the Yangon and Pantura Rivers, triggering floods and landslides. Approximately 54 villagers lost their lives, while thousands of others were displaced as homes were swept away or collapsed and thousands of hectares of agricultural farmland were submerged.

Damage to main roads also made it more difficult for relief to reach the remote affected areas. On October 7, Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately donated US$10,000, which could purchase US$426,000 in emergency materials in the United States, based on Nepal’s cost of living.

With a heavy heart and her prayers, she also asked that our native or nearby Association members go help those most in need. Our Association’s relief team from Nepal traveled to the affected area of Bajhang District on October 16 where they met with several local officials to discussthe region’s needs.
With the help of the District Administration Office, Nepal’s Red Cross Society, and the Agricultural Development Office at Bajhang, the relief team was able to distribute materials to the affected families.

The packages included rice, legumes, and oil as well as financial assistance for those who had lost loved ones.On behalf of the region, Chief District Officer Mr. Rajesh Poudel conveyed thanks to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her loving support. The Bajhang District office of Nepal’s Red Cross also expressed appreciation for Master’s humanitarian aid.

Our gratefulness, all local officials and Nepalese agencies as well as the Red Cross for your valued assistance. We are grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai, whose wholehearted care brings comfort to the vulnerable, as we also thank our Association members for their diligent efforts to help.

With God’s grace, may such tragedies be avoided as Earth’s stability is regained through humanity’s greater consideration for all beings.