Amritanandamayi Mutt announces relief to flood victims

The Amritanandamayi Mutt announced that it would give Rs one lakh to families who have lost a member in the South-West monsoon rains, which battered Kerala, claiming 111 lives since August 8.

"My heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones,"a press release quoting the spiritual leader said.

Mata Amritandamayi also said that she feels the recent flooding in Kerala was due to indiscriminate chopping down of trees and other "abuses of nature."

The Mutt has also set up its "Amrita Helpline" at the Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, manned by volunteers from the Mutt's youth group, 'Ayudh'.