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BIHAR, INDIA, February 8, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered winter aid to 1,526 individuals in India’s Araria district bordering Nepal in response to flooding in the area.

Winter blankets and food items such as rice were distributed to 285 families affected by last year’s monsoon rains, and were prioritized for widows, the elderly and needy families. 

According to Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager at Baitulmaal, the charity’s local partners identified families who had not yet received aid. Field workers followed COVID-19 protocols to ensure the aid was distributed safely to recipients in light of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 related issues caused some delays, but we acted swiftly to get aid to those left out in the cold and struggling with hunger,” said Sohail. “Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to get warm blankets and food to villagers affected by the floods.” 

Heavy flooding from monsoon rains left hundreds dead and millions displaced across South Asia last year. Flash floods continued to affect rural villages, leading to landslides, power outages, and destruction of homes, roads and bridges. In Bihar, India’s poorest state, approximately 8 million people were impacted and thousands were left homeless.

Donors who would like to learn more or contribute to the emergency aid programs at Baitulmaal can visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.

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