Soon after receiving the news of havoc caused by the floods in Kashmir, Hisham Ahmad and Syed Arsalan booked their tickets to the Valley to offer their bit of service to the affected people. Despite living in the uptown areas of the summer capital and well aware that their families were largely unaffected by floods the duo decided to explore every possible option to help people in distress.
Students of a well-known institute in Noida, Hisham and Arsalan managed to collect medicines worth Rs 4 to 5 lakh and are now busy rescuing flood victims
“We approached many for donations and contacted doctors to tell us which medicines were needed the most. They gave us a list of medicines such as insulin and ORS. Now, we are rescuing stranded persons from the flood-affected areas of Tengpora and Bemina interiors,” said Hisham.
Both Arsalan and Hisham did their bit, but there are several others who have been working selflessly and volunteered to come to the aid of flood victims.
“There are hundreds of such examples of locals who have been working tirelessly and selflessly. The scenes witnessed at various voluntary medical camps present a heart wrenching picture of human suffering. And to see volunteers working without any ulterior motives or desire for reward or praise is inspiring and affirms the faith in human goodness,” said Arif Ahmad, a local, who is busy contributing to the relief operations at Sanatnagar and Hyderpora areas.
A whole lot of doctors can be seen offering free service at a medical camp set up in uptown areas where affected people have come to seek shelter… places like Sanatnagar Marriage Hall, Rawatpora Marriage Hall, Baghat…, he said.
Those rescued by these volunteers are terming them the real saviours.
“Nobody came to our rescue from the government side. We left everything behind and came here. Even now, no official has visited us. The locals here provided us food, shelter and medicine. They are our saviours and unsung heroes,” said a flood victim at the Sanatnagar Marriage Hall.