The historical city’s civil society, known for its philanthropic and humanitarian spirit, has wasted no time in rushing to the rescue of the underprivileged citizens
HYDERABAD — Hyderabad, Telangana state’s capital in South India, has been hit by the worst kind of rains in decades this week, triggering a major crisis with the flash floods claiming nearly four dozen lives even as the municipal infrastructure came to a near-collapse.
But the historical city’s civil society, known for its philanthropic and humanitarian spirit, have wasted no time in rushing to the rescue of the underprivileged citizens who have been affected the most by the unprecedented cloudburst.
Among the groups at the forefront of the relief campaign are Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Student Islamic Organisation (SIO).
Jamaat President Mohammad Rashaduddin, along with city unit secretaries Mohammad Muniruddin, Ahmed Junaid Sobhani and Mirza Azam Baig visited the rain-ravaged areas of the old city and asked the government to provide relief to the victims.
According to a joint press statement, a coordinated programme was launched, irrespective of religion or caste, for rescuing the stranded people, providing temporary accommodation, preparing and distributing food packets as well as drinking water.
“SIO Volunteers did awesome work throughout the city. Relief work is being carried out in the heavily-affected areas like Nadeem Colony in Tolichowki, Golkonda, Al Jubail Colony Chandrayangutta, Shaheen Nagar, Royal Colony Balapur, Yaqutpura, Malakpet, Bahadurpura, Falaknumah, Muradnagar,” the statement said.
At least 15,000 ready-to-eat food packets prepared in multiple places and also procured from hotels, etc., were handed to the needy. Volunteers of Jamaat and SIO shifted hundreds of people stranded in Tolichowki, Nadeem Colony and other low-lying areas to safer places with the help of boats. In a few places, emergency kits were also distributed.
Jamaat and SIO leaders urged the Muslim community to cooperate in the relief work. The relief teams of the two groups have also started helplines for people in distress who can contact on 8712313740 or approach the local JIH unit office.