HYDERABAD: The NTR Memorial Trust created a record in the State by extending assistance to 8.5 lakh persons during 2009, after securing over Rs.11 crore as donations worldwide. Among those who were given aid were five lakh flood-affected persons who were given clothes and bed-sheets. The beneficiaries included one lakh school children, who received bags, books and pencils, said a press release on Monday by trust CEO P. Raghurama Rao.

— Special Correspondent