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City NGOs, others unite to help flood victims in Kerala

pune Updated: Aug 19, 2018 16:40 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune

PUNE:

In response to the grave situation in Kerala due to deluge, NGOs in the city, residents including college students have come together to organise aid and assistance for the flood victims. by collecting basic needs for the people

Different NGOs and residents in the city, college students and others have come together to organise aid and assistance for the victims of the devastating floods in Kerala by collecting basic needs for the people stranded in the floods in Kerala.

The situation has alarmed many in the city, especially the 3 lakh STRONG Kerala community. With death toll rising to 164 and around two lakh people living in relief camps across the state, a red alert was sounded in all 14 Kerala districts on Friday.

While all the three wings of the armed forces are conducting a massive rescue operation, various non-government organisations (NGO) from across the country have plunged into action in helping the flood victims in every possible way.

Anish Gopinath Panicker owner of a restaurant called Alleppees Kerala Restaurant near Balaji Law College, Tathawade, said, “We are terrified by the conditions in the state of Kerala where people from 14 districts have been affected by the floods.

Consequently, we have started a small initiative where we are collecting all the items of basic needs and are sending it to Kerala for flood victims.”

According to Anish, as all the systems of banking are collapsed in the state, sending money would not help people over there.

He said, “We are collecting food grains, chappels, bed sheets, sanitary pads, diapers, cloths for kids tooth brush etc. from the citizens. We have already sent one truck to Mumbai from where all these items are airlifted to Kerala.”

We will be sending another truck on Sunday said Panicker urging the citizens to deposit as much as relief material possible at the restaurant before Sunday.

Another city based NGO called ‘Do for other’ has been at the forefront in collecting relief materials for the people in relief camps in Kerala.

Dr Mary Limna Dcunha, founder of the NGO said, “We are focusing primarily in collecting maximum food grains from the citizens. Apart from food grains, we are also collecting cloths, sanitary napkins, bed sheets etc.”

Dcunha appreciated the helping spirit of the citizens who are voluntarily coming ahead and are getting associated with the NGO for help.

She said, “It is a rare sight where not only south Indians but people from every community including students are helping in the best of their capacity to collect relief materials to be sent over to Kerala.

Students from Symbiosis college, DY Patil college etc. have voluntarily got themselves involved with the only intent of helping the flood victims.”

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A NDRF team from Pune was to sent to Kerala for rescue operation on August 16. NDRF Teams were deployed in following areas:

02 Teams for pathanamthitta district(01-Kozhancheri 01-Ranni)

01 Team for Alappuzha District (Chengannur)

01 Team for Idukki District (Moolamattam)

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Congress leader Arvind Shinde have requested the Pune Municipal Corporation Authorities to send a financial aid of Rs 1 crore to the victims of flood in Kerala.

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First Published: Aug 18, 2018 15:13 IST