Selfless Muslim NGOs in Forefront of Flood Relief Mission in Hyderabad

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Jamaat-e- Islami Hind and SIO remaine at the forefront in conducting extensive rescue and relief work among other groups in Hyderabad devastated by floods. — Media photo

JIH and SIO, with more than 500 volunteers, were able to deliver 50,000-plus food packets in more than 50 affected areas

Mohammed Junaid | Clarion India

HYDERABAD — In the aftermath of heavy rains, many areas of Hyderabad have been extensively struck by floods, adversely affecting thousands of families. It has caused loss of human life, damage to property and loss of livestock, etc. what with low-lying localities and colonies that were built on the lake beds were submerged in no time.

In times of pandemic, a flood which also leads to many water-borne diseases has played havoc with the people. Some 70 people have lost their lives to the torrential rains that lashed the city for days. Disaster does not differentiate people on their socio-economic status; even the rich people were suffering for basic needs like food and water. After severe flooding, it is imperative for every conscientious person to reach out to the victims in whichever way possible. Food, relief material, temporary shelter, and medical camps are the essential immediate needs for the victims.

However, many Muslim organisations have risen to the occasion and have been at the forefront of providing relief to the needy. The Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India, the Helping Hands Foundation, the Safa Baitul Maal, the Tablighi Jamat and the Amoomat society were a few among these golden-hearted groups.

JIH and SIO, with more than 500 volunteers, were able to deliver 50,000-plus food packets in more than 50 affected areas, regardless of the religion and caste of the flood victims. Relief work not only includes food and ration kits, but also medical relief, spraying bleaching powder, rehabilitation of the affected people, and also the herculean task of cleaning a colony using the required equipment.

SIO also started the helpline numbers, which received more than 300 calls daily. Most of them were regarding the need for basic things and rescue.

“We were getting calls for rescue from some places which were not easy to trace but with more than 500 volunteers, we managed to help most of them. The first week, we distributed food and water, when the streets had waist-deep waters. Rescuers were all selfless and willing to help others,” said Mirza Abdul Azeem Baig, a volunteer of SIO.

When the heavy rains relented after wreaking havoc and the streets were still full of water and the ground floor in some areas was inundated with water, volunteers prepared boats with basic skills and rescued a lot of families. Some of the cadres also assisted the government’s disaster relief teams in rescuing the flood-hit people. The volunteers had, indeed, surveyed the areas which were affected in the disaster and delivered relief material at the doorstep of the rain-ravaged residents.

The city president of SIO Hyderabad Abdul Hafeez has also urged the state government to provide lost certificates without any hassle, adding that fees to obtain such certificates should also be waived off. Now, the volunteers are consistently making efforts to pack rehabilitation material in such a way that it would last for several days.

Khalida Parveen, a social activist, and the volunteers of NGO Amoomat Society also distributed clothes, bed-sheets, blankets, and other essentials to the flood-hit in different parts of the city.

“On the very first morning after a heavy downpour in the night, we started getting calls for basic needs like food and water. Our community kitchen which was used in lockdown was immediately pressed into action and on an average, 1,500 food packets were distributed for the next five days. Apart from food, we also distributed other relief material like bed-sheets, blankets, clothes, etc., according to their requirements. We have also taken up the responsibility to repair and rehabilitate the damage caused to some of the houses.” said Khalida Parveen.

The Tablighi Jamat do-gooders also visited the flood-stricken areas of the city. A team of five members was formed to clean the houses and distribute ration sets.

When water was gushing in some streets, even boats of disaster relief teams were not able to pass the streets. Cranes had to be used to pass the relief material to the affected people.

A team of Safa Baitul Maal has also reached many colonies with filtered water, food, and milk packets and led by locals supplied food and ration door to door to the victims. They have even provided token amounts of Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 to the affected people and set up free shopping centres so that the victims can pick up the things of their needs.

The Helping Hands Foundation has taken up relief work by distributing food packs and other essential material in Hyderabad. They also distributed medicines to the flood-affected people.

Horses also turned out to be saviors when the Hyderabad Horse Riding School team landed in the water with their trained horses. This was a creative work done by the team as horses naturally know how to swim.

Apart from NGOs, many individuals also came forward with donations and as well as for relief work. The volunteers felt that steps taken by the government to give financial assistance to the victims should reach the right people in the right area, adding that the government should have swung into action much earlier to minimise the damage caused by the disaster.

Even now, a couple of areas in the city are submerged in water, where attention, relief, and rescue is needed. The ongoing relief will be continued by various organisations until normalcy returns in the affected areas.

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Mohammed Junaid, a Civil Services aspirant from Hydeabad, writes on contemporary social issues. He also offers career counselling to young students. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AuthorJunaid

 

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