Kashmiris hailing from both urban and rural areas came out to support the flood victims of Kerala. Announcements were made on loudspeakers during Eid to donate for the people of Kerala, who were hit by such a devastating flood after 100 years. Besides that, businessmen, hoteliers and NGO’s have also taken a lot of effort in helping the flood victims of Kerala in southern India.
Kerala suffered more than 400 deaths and witnessed 200 landslides in the monsoon deluge, last week. Over 80,000 km of roads were destroyed and key hill stations were completely cut off. Thousands of houses were wiped out, and nearly a million people are now in more than 5,000 relief camps.
An NGO namely “Athrout” (Helping Hands) based in Srinagar appealed to the people to lend a helping hand to the flood-affected people of Kerala. Bashir Ahmad, the chairman of the organisation, said that they have collected a sufficient amount of money apart from relief materials like mineral water bottles, plastic sheets, torches, life jackets, biscuits, snacks, sanitary napkins and other medicines.
The organization also flew to Kerala in order to distribute the essential items among the needy. According to Abdul Hameed, who told reporters that they were leaving to Kerala after celebrating Eid, they would make a stopover in Mangalore, where they would buy medicines and other essential items.
Kashmiri students who are studying in Mangalore are looking forward to joining the team after which they will proceed together. Hameed said that the initiative in collaboration with Athrout was initiated on humanitarian grounds. “We empathise with the situation in Kerala right now as devastating floods hit Kashmir in 2014. In such situations, people have a lot of expectations. We want to help people with whatever little that we have,” he said.
Meanwhile, several individuals, including businessmen and hoteliers, assembled at Hotel Akbar in Srinagar contributed money and arranged other necessary consumables that were later sent to the flood-affected Kerala. Prominent among those who took the initiative include Omar Tramboo of Tramboo Cement Industries, Muhammad Yasin Khan, chairperson of Kashmir Economic Alliance, and others. The individuals also managed to arrange a decent stock of consumables including medicines, flour, biscuits and other essential commodities.
Muhammad Yasin Khan, the chairperson of Kashmir Economic Alliance, told reporters that the people of Kashmir are entangled in different, difficult situations like these. Besides that, he also appealed to people to keep their Eid observances austere and to come forward and help those who are in need.