While India’s coastal state of Kerala was hit by the worst ever flood of the century rendering almost a million of people stranded across the region and more than 370 people dead, Tibetan refugees from near by Tibetan settlements extend their helping hands. With the incessant out pour of rains now receding, focus is now at rehabilitation of the flood victims.
With organizations and prominent figures from across India and around the world joining in the rehabilitation of the distressed people of Kerala, Tibetans too are not staying back. Specially, the Tibetan refugees are seeing it as a opportunity to return the favour of Indian people by extending their best possible helping hands in the rehabilitation of people of Kerala in the moment of this adversity.
“India has done so much for Tibet nationals all these decades, it is high time we do something for them.” said a representative of Tibetan monks in Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement in Kushalanagar as they raised relief materials to the flood victims of Kadagu. The Tibetan representatives collected relief materials from their settlements and distributed those among the displaced victims in Kerala.
Besides various individuals and organizations from Tibetan community raising their concerns and support to participate in the rehabilitation of Kerala, words of solidarity, praying for the speedy rehabilitation process are shown. Following the outbreak of the calamity, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama too extended his solidarity and financial aid to people of Kerala.
According to the reports from prominent sources, more than 350 people have been killed, most of them in landslides, since the monsoon started in June. Kerala’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told that the number of people taking refuge in the 5,645 relief camps now stood at 725,000, while promising to save even the last people stranded.