As the Kashmir Valley got flooded, two dedicated Rotarians, Rtn. K K Payal and Rtn. Chendilnathan of Rotary Club of Coimbatore Spectrum from RI District 3201, flew down to Srinagar on September 14 carrying with them emergency medical supplies.
Upon landing at the Srinagar Airport, they took a walk down the streets of the flood ravaged city. They reached the first relief camp which was set up around 1 km from the airport. This camp was handled by Dr. Yattoo and Dr. Tehmeena Bhukari — wife of a former Rotarian, Shujaat Bhukari. The medicines were handed over to the camp, where over 500 people were seeking relief for BP, diabetes, thyroid, gastroenteritis and skin allergies.
Our Rotarians then moved on to a second camp managed by Shujaat Bhukari and Peer Bilal. Here over 300 senior citizens needed medicines and others needed food. Children and lactating mothers asked for milk powder, which was arranged.
Various Rotary clubs from Jammu, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amristar under the guidance of the District Governor Rtn. Gurjeet Sekhhon, were co-ordinating with our team and many NGOs. Our home team in Coimbatore started collecting medicines on a war footing, and these were airlifted through Spicejet and Indigo Airways.
More medicines and other non-medical relief items are being collected and arrangements are being made to transport the same to the relief camp which is the Rotary central distribution point. People from all quarters of India are in touch with RC Coimbatore Spectrum to lend a helping hand in the relief process.
“We are appealing for more relief supplies. Those Rotary clubs stationed north of Hyderabad may send the items directly to the relief camps to the following address: Mr. Shujaat Bhukari, E 16, Lane 4, Friends Enclave, Humhamma, New Airport Road, Srinagar – 190021. Ph: 09419000608, 09906000608. Others can send the supplies to Rtn. K K Payal, 95A, Vyshnav Building, Race Course, Coimbatore – 641018. Ph: 09842205505 (whatsapp), 09366605505.
The supplies can also be sent directly to Mr. Peer Bilal Ahamad, Harwan, Srinagar, 9469000016, 9018065544. Kindly check for requirement before sending them or contact Rtn. K K Payal,” says Rotarian Chendilnathan.
The alacrity with which these Rotarians have acted makes the Rotary family proud.