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ISKCON’s World Headquarters Devastated Yet Again By Mother Ganges

Nabadwip and Mayapur are under the deepest waters in decades, beating even 1977. The Mayapur Chandroday Mandir’s deities are partially under water. Sridhar Maharaj’s Math is underwater up to the second floor and the devotees are living on tents on the roof.

September 28: The Centre today agreed to the demand of the West Bengal government of sending a team to assess the damage caused by the current waves of flash floods as vast areas across the state reeled under unprecedented fury of Nature for the twelfth consecutive day today.

In the Nadia area, cholera and dysentery have started to take their toll. Many of the early deaths are due to snake bite. Helicopters are being used to drop food in some areas, but with limited effect. Calcutta is also flooded due to the high tides coming up the Hooghly along with the flood waters. The Bandel power station is in danger of being flooded, cutting power to Calcutta. Altogether 144 blocks and 37 municipalities across nine districts have been inundated, affecting 1.71 crore people.

Declaring the decision of his government, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said in New Delhi that on the basis of the report of the Central team, that will soon tour around the flood-affected pockets of the state, the Centre will send necessary relief assistance to the state government. The state has not sent any flood report to the Centre so far, Vajpayee added.

Meanwhile, flood situation remained grim across the state today. At least 1000 persons have already died in flood fury and 15.1 million people have been rendered homeless. While situation in parts of Midnapore and Murshidabad improved a little today, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah and North 24-Parganas remained choked by flood garrotte. Fresh areas of Bangaon, Gaighata and Pabda went under floodwater today. Rescue operations are being conducted on war footing with Indian Air Force giving the Army necessary air support by paradropping food packets and other supplies on areas that remained inaccessible by road.

Hungry people continued rioting for food and other essential supplies today.

Reports of looting of shops, go-downs and storages continued to pour in throughout the day. A hungry mob set a jeep on fire and looted a house in Picnic Garden area of Kalyani in Nadia district. Prolonged power cuts, absence of food and drinking water is driving flood-hit people frenetic in different pockets across the state. Police had to resort to lathicharge and firing to disperse unruly mob in some places. In Nadia, a relief camp was ransacked by a group of people early today.

In Midnapore, an angry mob killed a shop-owner and looted his outlet, police said.

Rail lines have been flooded and washed out all over Bengal, disrupting the movement of food and other emergency necessities.

Rail lines, being built on higher ground, are being used for shelter, preventing repairs on washed out lines. Highway traffic is similarly disrupted everywhere. Trains with emergency goods are stopped by the flood victims and emptied of their goods before they can reach their destination.

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3 Responses to ISKCON’s World Headquarters Devastated Yet Again By Mother Ganges

  1. sumit ghosh says:

    i am marketing executive.i have decided to join ISCKON as a permanant member,through “diksha”.please let me know where i need to approach for this.i want to serve lord “KRISHNA” for rest of my life.Kindly show me the direction of enlightment.

    Sumit ghosh

    • First Prabhu please study all of Srila Prabhupada’s books and become fixed up in strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. Without these things and without a very good understanding of the things Srila Prabhupada is teaching in his books you will not be able to tell a cheating guru from a real guru and if by bad luck you accept a cheating guru your spiritual life is ruined. Bona fide guru is very rare, and we know Srila Prabhupada is a bona fide guru, so please first learn from him extensively what is the science of Krishna consciousness then you will not be cheated by today’s so-called gurus. Even in ISKCON 99% or more of the gurus are bogus. So you have to be very careful about this… Read Prabhupada’s books…

  2. brajesh says:

    Dear sir
    i brajesh kumar want to become membership of your family,so that i can get proper path of god,and work for our society,country aand our world

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