The rain gods do not seem to have stopped tormenting Kashmiris ever since the devastating floods of September last year in the valley. The recent three-day rain spell has ravaged their temporary settlements in Khajrana and rendered them homeless once again.
"First, the heavy rains in the valley displaced us from our villages. Now the unexpected rains here have uprooted our temporary settlements too," said Hilal Shah, a Kashmiri refugee here.
The Kashmiris had set up canvas tents to shelter themselves. But they collapsed in heavy rains. About 300 Kashmiris, including 150 children, have taken refuge in Khajrana area in Indore, hoping that the moderate weather conditions here would allow them to survive even without any pucca settlement.
But the winter temperatures in city dipped to unusually low levels testing their endurance. Rendered roofless, the migrants are taking shelter inside a government school, a madrasa and a few under-construction buildings in the locality.
"We have been getting help from the locals, philanthropists and NGOs, but the living conditions are miserable," said Bangru Shah, pointing towards their collapsed tents and muddy ground.
The unhygienic conditions made a few children and elders in the camp sick. Some doctors conducted health checkups at the camp and medicines came as donations, said Bangaru Shah.
"A few youths at the camp manage to earn a little, but that is not enough for all of us," he said. No official help has come for them so far. The migrants plan to return to their villages after winter subsides in the valley.