When Kashmir was flooded, homes submerged and people caught in the flood waters, every Kashmiri became a volunteer, trying to help those in distress, forgetting their own loss. We profiled a few more stories of courageous rescue and relief work undertaken by a cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds for the flood affected people across Kashmir.
‘We left everything aside to help our people’
When the floods hit Kashmir on September 7, Fahad Khan and Showkat Kuchay were in Delhi for a business meet related to their travel business. They left all their business work and meetings aside and, along with other concerned Kashmiris in Delhi, they formed a group called Compassionate Kashmir for the flood affected people back home. After setting up a base camp in Lajpat Nagar, where rescue and relief material was collected and packed by their team of volunteers, they would dispatch the consignments to Srinagar, where from their volunteers would distribute it among the flood affected people.
In Kashmir the team of volunteers, including businessman, professionals and students led by Showkat and Fahad rescued many people on their personal rafts, besides distributing relief in flood affected areas of Bemina , Dalgate , Dal Lake, Jawahar Nagar, Shivpora , Raj Bagh , Sonwar , Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Telbal and Nishat.
The volunteers also distributed water, food and set up medical relief camps in the flood affected areas. A team of doctor from Kohlapur Medical Association and Chennai also accompanied them to far flung villages of south and north Kashmir affected by floods.
“We were the first team to reach Nishat, Telbal and Pulwama villages where we rescued many people and also distributed relief among the flood affected people,” says Fahad Khan. “In Srinagar we have 15 volunteers and in our Delhi camp we have 10 to 12 volunteers who are working hard to collect and dispatch the relief material for those in need,” says Showkat Kuchay.
“Now we have a team of volunteers in many districts and we plan to contribute our bit for the rehabilitation of affected people,” says Kuchay. “And we will do whatever we can for our people.”
FAHAD KHAN, SHOWKAT KUCHAY, AAMIR ANWAR, ZAHOOR WANI, MUFTI AAMIR FAROOQI, MOIN MATTO, SHUAIB IQBAL, ISHFAQ MOHAMMAD, ABBAS AHMAD, MANZOOR SHALLA, RAFIQ SHALLA, MUZAFFAR KUCHAY.