Guwahati: In a noble gesture, an 85-year-old senior citizen and a pension holder from New Delhi donated an amount of Rs 25,000 for relief of flood victims in Assam.
Narendra Shyal, an ex-serviceman and a resident of Old Rajender Nagar in New Delhi, donated the amount from his pension savings and deposited it to the chief minister’s relief fund in Assam.
Shyal has been constantly following news on the flood situation in Assam. He decided to lend a helping hand after he saw people losing their lives and properties and crops getting damaged in the second wave of flood that hit the state.
Speaking to the media, Shyal said that Assamese people are our own brothers and sisters and we should stand by them in this critical times. “We are Indians and all flood victims of Assam are our fellow citizens, if we don’t help them now than who will support them,” Shyal added.
Help has started to pour in from various quarters in aid of the flood victims of Assam. Starting from Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan to actors Akshay Kumar, Shraddha Kapoor and Dia Mirza, and homegrown artistes such as Jatin Bora, people from all sections of society have generously donated to support the flood-affected people.
Akshay Kumar donated Rs 1 crore each to the CMRF and Kaziranga National Park rescue on July 17.
Assam has witnessed one of its worst floods this year with over 864 villages in 29 revenue circles in 13 districts being adversely affected and still submerged under waters in the second wave of floods. Up to 44.96 lakh people have been affected by the floods this time around.
Currently, 417 relief camps are operational with 30, 925 inmates and 68 relief distribution centres functioning in the state. At least 82 lives have been lost so far.