Kochi: They had heard stories of the large-scale devastation caused by floods in their home state in 2014, and some of them had even experienced the tragedy first hand. Now these students from Jammu and Kashmir, who study in Kozhikode, have volunteered to carry out flood relief works without a second thought.
The Students are currently pursuing their studies at the Kashmiri Home run by Markaz at Kunnamangalam, one of the leading Islamic educational institutions in the state headed by Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar. The Students chose Chemmanangad panchayat of Ernakulam district for their relief works. Their task was to clean up houses and educational institutions. Spread out as seven teams, the Kashmiri students undertook cleaning activities based on the instructions of locals and elected representatives.
The team were led by Uwais Ahmed, Who was part of relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the floods in the state four years ago. "When we saw images of the flood havoc, we were reminded of the tragedy that stuck our home state. Under the aegis of a voluntary organization, we had carried out relief work including arranging food
and medicines for the needy and cleaning up their houses. The experience in our home state came in handy while carrying out relief work here." said Uwais.
According to Uwais" colleague Rashid Ahmed, there was a spread of infectious diseases in Kashmir after the flood. He cautioned that authorities should take adequate precautions to ensure that epidemics do not break out in flood hit areas. According to panchayth president Dileep Kaprassery, the Kashmiri students received a rousing welcome from the flood hit people who lauded their kindheartedness and willingness to render voluntary service. Markaz Knowledge City CEO Dr. Abdusalam gave the support for the students in the relief work.
Muhammed Rafi Noorani of Markaz engineering wing also accompanied the students to provide them technical assistance.