Bihar was hit by massive floods in the month of August, 2008. The flood was caused by breach in the Kosi embankment in Nepal. The breach of about 1, 800 meters led to floods in 5 major districts of Bihar namely Arariya, Supol, Purniya, Saharsa and Madhepura. More than ten lakh people were displaced and a major loss occurred to property, human life and livestock.
Bhaskar Foundation after coming to know about the tragedy of remote village Bela in Araria District made a trip to the village to assess the situation. It was felt that a long-term rehabilitation and livelihood project should be undertaken so that a sustainable self-employment and income source is provided to the inhabitants. The most affected locality in this village is the Bangali locality(Ward). People in this village are in a bad shape and their survival is a big challenge. Pain and anguish of people could be seen clearly from their faces. After a complete assessment of a situation onsite and keeping in view our resources we came to a conclusion that following steps need to be taken to save this village in two phases To provide affected people with immediate relief and also to undertake some activity for their long time livelihood the following activity is proposed to be carried out :-
•The school premises was made the centre of activity by sprucing up of the existing building. We also constructed a temporary shed of bamboo. This shed is being used for training purpose.
•Confidence building measures were carried out and local people were mobilsed to do some community work like repair of roads and public infrastructure. Govt agencies were also sensitized about the problems faced by people. This resulted in restart of Govt. schemes which had come to a standstill due to floods.
•Training programmes in disciplines like Tailoring, Agarbati, Candle and bamboo craft etc were initiated.
•One city center was created for these people in District headquarter Arariya at Vinobhbhave Bhoodan Kendra. To purpose of this centre is basically to provide marketing link to the villagers with city centre.
•With the help of National Mission for Bamboo Application (NMBA) we provided training and equipment to artisans for making bamboo products.
•With the help of Jute Manufactures Development Council, Govt of India a training project has been initiated in Arariya to train artisans for making Jute products.
In June 2013, Uttarakhand was devastating floods and landslides in the country's one of the worst natural disaster. As of 16 July 2013, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were "presumed dead. This total included 934 local residents.
Destruction of bridges and roads left about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys leading to three of the four Hindu Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. At that time entire India came forward to help the flood victims of Uttrakhand.
Bhaskar Foundation also rose to the occasion and initiated a campaign in July, 2013 to generate funds for the help of victims of this devastating flood. Under this campaign we collected Rs. 28,15,640/- and out of that money Rs. 6,40,000/- was spent on immediate relief material which was transported to Dehradun and handover to Govt. of Uttrakhand. Balance of Rs. 21,69,919/-was deposited in Pradhanmatri Rahat Kosh on 1-Aug-2013.
During floods of 2014 in Kashmir Bhaskar Foundation contributed Rs 71,000 for flood relief to ZDPC. A large number of pilgrims and locals were stranded in the premises of ZDPC near Raj Bhawan, Srinagar during floods. Besides providing the flood victims shelter they were also provided food and medical facilities.