When locals became a ray of hope for brethren in need

SRINAGAR, Nov 11: When floods wrecked havoc across the valley people in large numbers were rendered helpless and hopeless. Houses and many other structures were either badly submerged or razed to ground leaving thousands of families homeless.

Amid the death and destruction stood out the spirit and nerve which locals showed by helping each other and saving precious lives. The courage and the concern displayed by the local people in the times of crisis has been terrific and appreciable. For homeless, people offered shelter, for hungry, people arranged food and for stranded, local youth displayed immense courage in rescued them.

Had locals not come forward during the devastating situation the scenes would have been gorier.

“The youth of this locality worked thoroughly and rescued thousands of stranded people from flood hit localities. People from this area arranged food, clothes and accommodation for scores of families. When our local Mosque was out of space we brought people to our places. Young boys from here and adjoining area rescued so many and provided accommodation to many in their own homes,” Mushtaq Ahmad Dar of old Hyderpora said.

Mushtaq’s place became a shelter for over six families who were rendered homeless during floods. Moreover one of the families in their locality offered clothes for around 20 new born babies who were delivered at Ahmad hospital, the sole nursing home which was functional during floods.

“We have an infant at home. When we heard that there were no clothes available for the new borns at Ahmad hospital we gave away all our baby’s clothes. Our own people were in need and it was our duty to help them. Even we could have been at their place,” Mohammad Ashraf of Hyderpora revealed.

Along many localities in old Srinagar like Khanyaar, Habba Kadal, etc. residents would distribute food among the flood hit during day time and in the evening they would arrange shelter for flood hit people.

“When we were rescued in boats and left home we had nowhere to go. A local boy from Khanyaar just held my hand and took us to his place. I do not have words to explain what the circumstances were. We did not know who he was and he did not know us. But this stranger not only offered us shelter but a second home. It never felt like we were away from our own home,” Manzoor Ahmad of Karan Nagar area revealed.

The way people helped each other amid chaotic circumstances is highly commendable. Though flood waters washed away hopes of many people yet the instances of brotherhood and unity across the valley have stood stiff and firm.

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