Relief from all parts of the country including capital Delhi, and from various organizations is pouring for the disaster affected in Kashmir Valley as people donate cash and other material to contribute to the relief effort.
Delhi based NGO Goonj is collecting clothes and other relief material to help people in distress in the valley. People from across the NCR have come forward to donate money and material which will be sent to Kashmir, a Goonj official said.
BJP legislators and councillors in Delhi are coordinating the relief effort, and also donating one month’s salary for flood vctims. The party has also turned it’s offices into relief centres where people can donate food, blankets, and other materials which would be then sent to Kashmir valley for helping the flood affected. The party has also decided to send 5000 sweaters in view of the ensuing winter in the valley.
The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Committee says that it has been sending food, dry ration and medicines which has been contributed by the community. It has also send doctors and paramedical staff to help those who need treatment and care. Food for almost 50,000 people is being sent to valley every day by the committe.
The NDMC has donated Rs one crore to the Prime Minister’s relief fund for the flood victums. NDMC employees have made the contributions, and the organization said that all efforts would be made to augument the relief effort. Meanwhile, the entire staff of Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board and various Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees have decided to voluntarily contribute one-day salary to the Chief Minister’s relief fund. Likewise the DMC has set up facilitation help desks ar the IGI airport for flood victims and tourists caught in the disaster in Srinagar. All information is being made available to the flood victims, an official said.
In Gurgaon, a large number of residents have joined together and set up a facebook page to help in coordinating the relief effort in the state. They have been able to collect a large amoung of food material, chlorine tablets, clothes, plastic sheet and soon these will be dispatched to Srinagar. The Gurgaon Facebook group is also now exhorting volunteers like doctors to go and help in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the SGPC in Amritsar is daily sending 25,000 food packets containing paranthas and cooked vegetables to Kashmir valley after CM Omar Abdullah made an appeal to his counterpart Prakash Singh Badal. Thousands of food packet are being prepared in various shirines in and around Amritsar which are being sent to Kashmir valley. The SGPC staff has also donated two-day salary to J&K government’s relief fund.
In a positive gesture, the Air India has announced that it will ferry trapped tourists in Kashmir valley free of cost after a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee in the national capital. Similar gestures are being made by various state governments including Gujarat, and Bihar as they send food packets, water and medicine to the flood affected valley. DRDO is sending 35,000 ready to eat food packets which would come handy for the people who are not able to cook food due to submeged homes across Srinagar.