The Asian Age

Indians rush to help operations


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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