Over 3 lakh people in Kerala are currently living in relief camps that have been set up throughout the state, and thousands of others are stranded in their own homes with only a limited amount of food and other supplies at their disposal.
In this unfortunate situation, the country is uniting to help the victims of the Kerala floods in their hour of distress, and help is pouring in from every corner of India.
Khalsa Aid, a UK-based Sikh NGO, is among the many organisations that have come forward to offer assistance. Just a few months ago, Khalsa Aid volunteers travelled to Syria to provide Iftar Meals and gifts to refugees there. Last year, they had gone to Bangladesh to feed Rohingya refugees, the”most persecuted minority group of the world,” according to the United Nations.
This year, as Kerala grapples with this disastrous situation, the volunteers have reached Kochi to serve langar!
Volunteers from the Indian wing of the NGO have collaborated with the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Kochi to set up a community kitchen that feeds 3000 people in relief camps. They are doing this to ensure that the people do not go hungry, or rely only on dry food items like biscuits and rusks, but get to eat a healthy, warm meal every day, to keep their energy up. “We served rice and veggies to people last night. [The] local gurudwara is helping in preparing food,” Amarpreet Singh, the Managing Director (Asia Pacific) of the NGO, told the Indian Express.
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Initially, the group used their own money to fund the material required to cook food for thousands of people, but they are also open to donations. You can see this tweet for more details.
Kerala floods ( India )
Our team has reached the floods hit Indian state of #Kerala.
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) August 17, 2018
The latest news is that the weather conditions are improving in Kerala and the Red Alert Warning has been withdrawn from all districts. It has now been changed to an Orange Weather Alert that indicates a need for preparedness.
Even then, rescue and relief work continues in the state. From young children who donated their piggy bank savings, to fisherfolk who rowed through flooded streets and families who postponed an engagement ceremony to help the flood victims, people are working in their own capacity to support Kerala.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)