Over one thousand teams of Sangh Swayamsevaks belonging to different RSS-associated organisations like Sewa Bharati, National Medicos? Organisation, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, ABVP, Vidya Bharati, etc. are engaged in flood relief activities right from the first day when floods inundated Assam and Bihar.
In the first phase of relief, the Swayamsevaks rescued the affected people and provided them with meals, drinking water, milk for children, clothes and utensils. With the exception of two districts, the floods have hit 28 districts of Assam, 17 of which are affected severely. In the second phase, the Swayamsevaks collected relief material worth lakhs of rupees from the local resources and helped the flood victims. They concentrated more on the villages where the government or non-governmental organisations have failed to reach.
In the third phase, they concentrated on medical relief, as there is a possibility that the flood-hit areas might be caught in the grip of water-borne diseases which could become an epidemic. Besides the local help, the Swayamsevaks have also received medicines from Gujarat, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
The Sangh-associated organ-isations have been working under the banner of Sewa Bharati. They have formed several teams of doctors at various districts and other prominent places. Every team organises two or three camps daily in the affected areas. In Guwahati alone, six teams of 40 doctors have been formed, which have been working under the supervision of Dr Dilip Sarkar, a retired doctor of Guwahati Medical College and vice president of National Medicos Organisation. Dr Sarkar has appealed to medical professionals of the country to assist in the relief measures. Several teams of Arogya Rakshak are also working under the banner of Sewa Bharati. They include teams in Golaghat, eight in Hojoi, two in Kampur, four in Bilasipara, three in Golokganj, four in Barpeta, three in Nalbari, six in Mangaldoi, four in Tezpur and 35 in Silchar.