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Disaster Relief and Rehab


Sewa and our partners are involved in all three stages of disaster recovery around the world: rescue (72 hours), relief (3 months) and rehabilitation (3-5 years).

United States

Sewa and our volunteers have served during the relief phase of Hurricane Katrina (2005), Superstorm Sandy (2012), Bastrop, TX Wildfire (2011), and Colorado Floods (2013). Sewa through its US Chapters participated in the settlement of 80,000 refugee asylees from Bhutan from 2008-2013.

Service for United States

Year Disaster Rescue Relief Rehab Damage
2018 Florence
2017 Hurricanes Harvey $125 Billion
2013 Colorado Floods Nearly 19,000 homes were damaged, and over 1,500 were destroyed
2011 Hurricanes Irma 3 million affected
2011 Hurricanes Maria 1000 dead, million affected


Sewa provided grants for relief and rehabilitation after Haiti Earthquake (2011), Pakistan Floods (2010, 2011, 2012), Japan Earthquake (2011), Philippines Typhoon Hailin (2013) and Pakistan Drought (2014).

After Nepal Earthquake (2015), Sewa committed to a $1 Million relief and rehabilitation package. Sewa and partner organizations volunteers provided rescue, relief and rehabilitation service to the devastated population of Nepal.

In India, Sewa together with local partners have executed more than ten major rescue and relief activities immediately after a disaster, and went on to support rehabilitation projects. See table below for a summary of activities.

Service for International

Year Disaster Rescue Relief Rehab Damage
2019 Maharashtra Floods Dozens of people have died
2019 Cyclone Fani Massive damage in coastal areas
2018 Kerala Floods 324 dead, millions affected
2018 Karnataka Floods millions affected
2015 Tamil Nadu Floods 359 dead, millions affected
2013 Maharashtra Drought 9 million affected
2013 Uttarkhand Floods 10,000 dead, million affected
2010 Leh Cloudburst 193 dead, thousands affected
2009 AP/Karnataka Floods 300 dead, 200,000 homes destroyed
2009 Cyclone Alia - Orissa 300 dead, 1 million affected
2008 Bihar Floods 2.3 million affected
2007 Orissa Floods 91 dead, 100,000 homes destroyed
2004 Tsunami 230,000 dead, millions affected
2001 Gujarat Quake 20,000 dead, 400,000 homes destroyed

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