Cyclone Hudhud

             Disaster Relief Appeal

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Hudhud was the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 within the North Indian Ocean, as well as the most destructive storm in the basin since Cyclone Jal in 2010. Hudhud caused extensive damage to the city of Visakhapatnam and the neighboring districts of Vizianagaram & Srikakulam districts. The cyclone "Hudhud" pounded Vizag (Visakhapatnam) with gale winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday, the October 12th. People are still facing the after effect of the cyclone. Lack of power, non-availability of drinking water, disrupted communication, broken roads and depleting essential supplies has added to their woes.  

VT Seva CEO HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji is urging everyone to join hands to alleviate the sufferings of the victims. He immediately pledged an amount of ~$20,000 (10 Lakh Indian Rupees) for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Relief Fund to aid in disaster relief. VT Seva supported school for visually challenged "Nethra Vidyalaya" premises which is on the shore of Bay of Bengal also became a victim of this cyclone. All the thatched sheds constructed for classrooms, dining and meeting purposes were flown away. 50% of the solar panels which were erected for 100 KB were badly damaged. Uprooted trees, utensils, roofing materials, trash and broken power lines are strewn everywhere. 

The recent construction of concrete building for "Nethra Vidyalaya" really saved the lives of blind children, Vedic students (Traditional Education) and inmates of school premises. The building was constructed amidst various challenges. It now proved worth of taking all those risks. If the building were not there, nothing would have remained due to this cyclone. In fact, the children and teachers spent their 3 days of time facing the fury of winds and rain, in the shelter of this concrete building. We thank all the supporters of VT Seva for their generous contributions.

Our volunteers have risen to the occasion and are pooling up resources to conduct rescue operations. We urge you all to contribute generously for reconstruction of Netra Vidyalya premises which houses not only the kitchen, meeting rooms for visually challenged children but also thatched huts (Keteerms) that provide shelter to Vedic Students. Our estimates for the cost of reconstruction of damaged premises is $40,000.


VTSeva CEO HH Sri Swamiji's noble mission has a long history of helping peopled affected by natural disasters:

  • 1997 Konaseema floods, Andhra Pradesh  - built 83 community centers and provided free medical services.
  • 2001 Gujarat earthquake  - built 86 houses for earthquake victims in Vallabhapur.
  • 2004 Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh floods  - built schools for children of fishermen at Katarivaripalem in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh; also built 50 houses in the coastal areas of Pumpuhar in Tamil Nadu.
  • 2009 Andhra Pradesh floods  - volunteers distributed over 5,000 flood relief kits, which helped over 10,000 families in over 100 villages.  Poor farmers affected by the flooding were provided 20 tons of corn seed, which covered 2500 acres of farm land.
  • 2010 Haiti earthquake  - volunteers organized benefit shows, art exhibitions and participated in dance programs to raise funds for victims of the earthquake - donated funds to UNICEF Haiti.
  • 2011 Tsunami - All the volunteers came forward and generously donated raised funds to the Consul General of Japan

In an effort to aid this campaign, VT Seva and JET USA Inc. have started a combined fund raising campaign.  VT Seva and JET USA Inc., under the guidance of HH Sri Swamiji, are raising money to rebuild Netra Vidyalaya & Varija Ashram school premises and local communities.


This fund raising campaign will be a joint VT Seva and JET USA Inc. effort; let us come together as a community and assist those in dire need. Please contribute generously towards this noble cause  give hope!  Please feel free to contact us for any questions or clarifications.

With Gratitude,

VT Seva  

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