In­di­ans rush to help op­er­a­tions

The Asian Age - - World - SEEMA HAKHU KACHRU

In a heart­warm­ing ges­ture, many In­di­anAmer­i­cans liv­ing in safer Texas neigh­bour­hoods are help­ing many Hous­to­ni­ans still stuck by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey by open­ing their homes and dis­tribut­ing fresh food, med­i­cal and es­sen­tial needs.

While gov­ern­ment agen­cies were work­ing round the clock in re­lief ef­forts, the In­dian com­mu­nity also ral­lied to­gether to pitch in with what­ever help they could in terms of food, shel­ter and res­cue op­er­a­tions. “I have or­gan­ised 1,500 meals from the Da­woodi Bohra Masjid to be de­liv­ered to the needy and dis­patched 100 vol­un­teers,” Abeezar Tye­bji, a res­i­dent said.

Preeti Kankikarla, a young pro­fes­sional, was liv­ing with her 65-year-old mother in a ground floor apart­ment. As the wa­ter level rose dan­ger­ously, she called the SEWA In­ter­na­tional Houston hot­line and vol­un­teers reached her home and helped them move to a first floor apart­ment. Many In­dian busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions and places of wor­ship have also opened their doors to shel­ter those who have been dis­placed.

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