ISKCON Chennai Helps in Floods

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Flooded with a population of 4.6 million affected due to floods caused by heavy rainfall, the city of Chennai, capital of the Indian state Tamil Nadu has been declared a national disaster zone by the Indian government. With no power, food or water supply, life in Chennai has become close to impossible.

This is the first time in hundred years that Chennai is facing such heavy rainfall. The death toll is approximately 260 with more being discovered by the day. The Indian Army has been deployed to rescue people and supply necessities.

ISKCON Chennai temple has suffered heavy damages in the current flood situation. Estimated losses are in the range of 25 million to 30 million rupees. Devotees have been shifted out of the temple with three devotees left in the temple campus to serve the presiding Radha Krishna deities. Temple vehicles, the sankirtan shop, Govinda's have incurred huge losses.

Jayapataka Swami, the GBC for Chennai has requested people to pray for Chennai and has been communicating with the leaders of ISKCON Chennai. Devotees are also trying to provide food supply to more affected areas.

ISKCON Chennai volunteers are tirelessly trying to help all the affected places. Over 6,000 plates of prasadam are being distributed everyday. Besides distributing in public shelter houses, the volunteers are moving even into streets still knee deep in water and giving the prasad door to door. So far a total of 30,000 plates of prasdam have been distributed.

Preventing any epidemic is a need of the hour. ISKCON Chennai has organized a medical camp in residential areas surrounding the temple. The doctors, the corporation cleaners are in need of basic utilities like gloves, face masks etc. Supply of medicines to the people is essential as well.

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Anyone wishing to contribute to ISKCON Chennai’s Food for Life, the bank account details are as follows:

Account name: ISKCON FOOD FOR LIFE

Acc, no; 423010100035200

AXIS BANK

Branch: NEELANGARAI/THIRUVANMIYUR

IFS code; UTIB0000423

Anyone wishing to contribute to ISKCON Chennai Temple repair here are the bank details:

Account name: ISKCON CONSTRUCTION

Account number: 423010100026071

AXIS BANK

Branch ; NEELANGARAI/THIRUVANMIYUR

IFS code; UTIB0000423

Contact: Sukirti Madhavi Dasi: 9790710432, Prassana Gopinath Das: 9840043330

To donate from outside India please follow this link: https://www.ketto.org/help-rebuild-iskcon-chennai

By: Nanda Priya Nivedita Dasi