While Karnataka’s hill district reels under the aftermath of its worst natural disaster, the situation has been expertly managed by volunteers on ground zero and around. They have made it their mission to provide maximum relief to the affected and aid restoration efforts.
Though the government machinery has slowly started to find its feet now, the first to step on ground have been volunteers. To support these heroes, along with many others in Bengaluru and other cities in Karnataka, citizen groups from North Bangalore have started collecting relief materials.
From mooting relief funds to material supply and logistics, here are a few glimpses of what some of us have been busy with so far, in a fervent bid to contain the crisis that has all but washed away the once tranquil hills, a peaceful and salubrious retreat to many of us.
Uma Santhosh and her team from Kalyan Nagar, has been instrumental in collecting, storing and transporting relief material to Kerala, until the situation in Kodagu demanded her attention. She has sent truckloads of this material to Kodagu, ever since disaster struck that region.
Charmaine Kenita, a Hennur resident has gone all out to collect everything from cash to kind, especially medicines, fulfilling all lists handed out to her by coordinators in ground zero.
Dr Annapurna S Kamath and her Satya Foundation from Jakkur did their bit for the flood-affected by collecting and sending over clothes and other essentials urgently needed by those rendered homeless.
From his RT Nagar collection hub, MR Cariappa has so far co-ordinated collections across Bangalore including those from apartment complexes such as Vaishnavi Saphire, Yeshwantpur and Prestige Wellington, Jalahalli. He is also representative of Puthari FPO in Kodagu which is directly involved in the distribution of these supplies to the flood-affected refugees in Kodagu. As restoration projects begin, supplies will be continuously needed for a while to come, he says.
Paul Chacko, a paramedic from Pune, travelled by train along with medical supplies for Kodagu.
Delhi Public School, Bangalore North has garrisoned its 6000-strong students’ and parents’ body, to build up a substantial stock of relief supplies to be transported to Kodagu and Kerala. The generosity and humanitarian concern of these young children is heart-warming.
WECAN, a residents’ voluntary group of a large gated community in Hebbal, will be dispatching its collection of food and other urgently needed material to Kodagu, during this week.
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