As people of Jammu and Kashmir face one of the worst floods in history, many Mumbaikars have decided to come forward by donating basic necessities that will help them in this time of calamity. In the last five days, residents of the city have contributed to NGOs like Goonj that are sending relief material to Srinagar.
Flood-affected people receive food items at an Indian Army relief camp in Jammu on Monday
In order to provide aid to the 2,26,000 people rescued from the flood that hit the state two weeks ago, many families in Mumbai have collected and donated supplies like medicines, clothes, sanitary napkins, blankets and pillows, raincoats, phenyl, foodgrain and even chocolates.
Till now, the NGO has sent seven consignments of relief material like medicines, clothes, sanitary napkins, blankets, raincoats, etc. Pic/PTI
The relief material deposited at various collection points in the city is brought to the NGO’s Mira Road head office, where it is segregated and then packed up and sent to the flood-affected state via air.
“Till now, we have sent relief material five times through Indigo, SpiceJet and Air India. The relief material is sorted, packed and labelled before we send it off. As roads to the state have opened, we have sent one truck to Jammu via Delhi, and are hoping to send another truck to Srinagar soon,” informed Meenakshi Gupta, founder member of Goonj.
Srinagar faces epidemic outbreak
The health centres of Srinagar are getting an increasing number of patients with symptoms of skin irritation, chest infection and diarrhoea.
Doctors say that although it is in its initial stage, the epidemic has already spread, and they fear that it might slowly engulf the entire city of Srinagar, and, eventually, the entire Valley.
Out of 1,600 patients visiting the medical camp, around 90 per cent of them are complaining of similar symptoms that can be an ‘indication that an epidemic was already spreading its roots’.
Lipika Sapalkar, Andheri resident
The only way we can help people affected by floods is by donating. I conveyed the same message to all my friends to contribute as much as they can. I have managed to collect clothes, sanitary napkins, biscuits, pillows and blankets, along with toothbrushes and toothpaste, which I feel would be the most urgent requirements for them.
Haseena Tayebji, Grant Road resident
I saw the condition of flood-affected people, which touched my heart and, therefore, decided to help them. I started collecting everything from my house that we don’t use and was searching for any organisation that could send my donations to them. I collected two cartons of clothes, shoes and slippers that can be of use.
Janvi Patel, Andheri resident
The news about floods in Kashmir worried me, and I have been praying for the safety of the flood-affected people. I came across this NGO on the Internet and decided to donate items required by them. I collected clothes, medicines, sanitisers and mosquito repellent from my friends and family.
If you want to volunteer or donate, contact NGO Goonj on 022-28453034/ 8767434352 or visit www.goonj.org