HYDERABAD: Students from Jammu and Kashmir, who are studying in Hyderabad, are collecting donations in cash and kind, and sending them for flood relief in their home state.
A Hyderabad chapter of Coordination Committee for Flood Relief in J&K has been formed to collect donations in cash and kind. Students from other regions are also doing their part in the relief activity.
Students fear a harsh winter will follow the current floods in three weeks and pose another major challenge. “Winters are very harsh there. Homes and villages are now inundated with water. People will not have blankets, jackets and other woollen clothing to shield themselves from the winter cold,” says Zamir Ahmed, a research scholar at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) and native of Srinagar.
He says that major hospitals are not functioning and there is no source to get medicines. “Around seven lakh have to be rescued. We request everybody to donate new woollen clothes, blankets, medicines like insulin and medical equipment,” he appeals on behalf of the committee. To speed up the relief work, the donations are sent directly to volunteers working at ground level in J&K.
Till Sunday, J&K students from UoH and MANUU have collected Rs 4 lakh donations from students and teachers of the two universities.
On Sunday they formed several teams and visited Tolichowki and Mehdipatnam seeking donations from passersby. They are planning to set up counters across the state for the same purpose.
“Instead of food which gets rotten within one or two days, dry fruits, which last longer, may donated,” says Masrook Dar, research scholar, MANUU, adding they have already sent Rs 80,000 through ground level volunteers which are used for buying medical kits and for other purposes.Phones: 8885193286 or 9703373649. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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