The 2008 Bihar flood, which was one of the most disastrous floods in the Indian state of Bihar, occurred due to a breach in the Kosi embankment near Indo-Nepal border on August 18, 2008. The river changed its course, inundating hundreds of villages in the districts of Supaul, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura and Purnea in northern Bihar. Many of these areas had not experienced floods in last many decades and were not adequately prepared. The flood affected over 2.3 million people.
Fortis Foundation’s Operation Sahayta was undertaken in Patna, Saharsa, Supaul, Bhagalpur, Purnea and Madhepura from September - October, 2008. The Foundation with a team of 35 (6 Doctors, 4 Officials, Heads of Security & HR and 25 GDAs including certain Technicians) from different facilities of Fortis Healthcare Group led by Brig. Dalip Kapur, VSM, Head CCI Department, camped in area of Bhagalpur and moved around extensively throughout their stay to provide treatment and medicines to victims. The team received whole hearted cooperation from locals, scouts & guides, National Cadet Corps, Rotary Club and Goonj (an NGO) Employees of Fortis Healthcare contributed a day’s salary towards the relief.
During their stay, the Fortis Foundation Team travelled almost three hundred kilometres daily into the worst affected areas. About 10,000 plus victims, were provided medical help/care. Minor procedures were performed under trying conditions and medicines were distributed.