The state of Jammu Kashmir was reeling in the aftermath of the massive floods that wreaked havoc in September 2014, claiming lives and destroying properties, leaving several homeless. Rotarians pan India and even abroad reached out to the victims providing relief materials and monetary help.
In October, we, a team of Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Vellore Golden City, Vellore Cosmos and Vellore Midtown of District 3230, visited the state with relief packages to extend a helping hand to the flood-affected population. Further to a joint meeting with the Rotary clubs of Jammu, Jammu City, Jammu Astha, Mahavir Jammu, Jammu Midtown, SIDCO Bari Brahma and Anantnag (Kashmir) to work out a plan of action, we organised camps in the flood-hit areas near Tawi River, Mansar Lake and in Jammu City to distribute medicines and other toiletries.
Amidst unrest in the state due to the elections and shifting of the Secretariat from Srinagar to the winter capital, Jammu, we conducted relief camps in various other regions of the State. Relief materials were handed over to the local Rotarians for distribution in the marooned regions. As winter was fast setting in, we also understood that woolen clothes and blankets were the need of the hour. After a week of ‘doing good,’ we returned to our town with a promise to soon deliver these essentials and with a charged mind and body, we set about the task. By the first week of December, we kept up our promise.
Rtn D K Manoharan
RC Vellore Golden City, RI District 3230