The Texas gulf coast has experienced over 50 inches of rain since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017, with wind gusts reaching upwards of 132 mph. Due to record flooding, thousands of residents were forced from their homes to seek safety.
The widespread damage and catastrophic flooding made the recovery efforts challenging, as roads and physical infrastructure were largely inaccessible. The essential needs of medical equipment, shelter, water, food, and emergency healthcare were critical for the relief and recovery efforts.
BAPS Charities volunteers responded to this call to action in Houston and surrounding areas. BAPS Charities and its volunteers worked alongside local state officials and first responders to provide assistance.
UPDATE: Aug 28, 2017
Volunteers helped prepare and serve 200 hot meals to displaced University of Houston students as well as residents of Sugar Land, TX and Missouri City, TX. Also, 225 individuals that evacuated their homes were sheltered at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, TX and at volunteers’ homes.