Flood Release Collection Centre inaugrated

06 October 2009

The Flood Release Collection Centre jointly established by Kalkura Pratisthan in association with Manthralaya - North Karnataka was inaugurated today at 3:30 P.M at the Besant Complex. The Flood Release Collection Centre was inaugurated by Mr. Naleen Kumar Kateel, Member of the Lok Sabha. Various eminent personalities from the city were present.

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Kalkura , President, Kannada Sahitya Parishad, Mr. Harikrishna Punaroor, Ex- President, Karnataka Rajya Sahitya Parishad, Prof. M.B. Puranik, President & Correspondent Sharada Vidyalaya, Mr. Janardhan Hande, Litterateur, Nityananda Karanth Ex- AGM were also present.

Speaking to our correspondent on the sidelines of this function, Mr. Kalkura said "Natural disasters can’t be avoided although some of them are caused due to man himself". Peeking into Indian History he said "During times of man-made crisis like Kargil war, Gujarat violence and natural calamities like Tsunami, people have helped each other and shown humanity irrespective of religion, language and land. And now during this turmoil we have to show the same spirit of humanity. Helping the needy is like helping almighty".

"With the help of various organisations from Mangalore and Kasargod we have now created a platform and people must make the best use of it and help the needy" he added. Mr. Kalkura also said that we have to actively involve the next generation -- the youth in these kinds of activities.

Mr. Kalkura said "As we actively involve ourselves in National Celebrations and family functions we have to also involve ourselves in times of National Crisis. It is our duty to help the people in need".

Torrential rains over last one week have left over 200 people dead and rendered over 3,00,000 people homeless in the state alone. The floods have affected all 14 districts of state's northern region.

The Karnataka Government has shifted its attention to rehabilitation work with the rains holding off over the last couple of days and water levels receding from the submersed areas.

The Flood Release Collection Centre is established to collect all kind of materials like clothes, food, funds etc and will be directly distributed to the people of the flood affected areas in the guidance of Pejavara Shri and Puttur Shri.

The Flood Release Collection Centre will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. until 12th October 2009, 10:00 A.M

Address: Flood Release Collection Centre, Besant Complex, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kodialbail, Mangalore

Contact: Mr. Pradeep Kalkura - (M) +91-984508376

Relief material- 7th is the deadline - Vidyashankar

MANGALORE: In charge secretary of Dakshina Kannada M.N. Vidyashankar today asserted that Mangalore will become one of the first districts to respond to the need for relief to the rain and flood stricken regions of the state. He said on 7th of this month the city will send relief material which will mainly include utensils and dresses.

Addressing a press conference here today after meeting with the district officials to conjure up one of the largest relief operations Mangalore has ever seen, Mr. Vidyashankar said that the district has always risen to the occasion whenever there was need for it to raise, this time the district will send record volume of relief material as per the direction of the state government to the rain and flood affected areas in the North Karnataka.

According to the request made by the state government and the Chief Minister the Dakshina Kannada district will send utensils and clothes to the people who are afflicted by floods and rains. The utensils will help them cook food while dresses like lungis, sarees, shirts, trousers and many other materials like Chudidar, Salwar Kameez short pants and banians will help the people to be warm. These material will be loaded on to trucks, trains, buses and private vehicles going towards the rain affected places in Northern Karnataka.

He has asked the people to donate generously in kind and cash to help their countrymen, women and children. He said "let us not forget that those who are have lost their houses have to brave the elements of nature, with an empty stomach and not much to cover their bodies. There are children women and old folks who need our help.

Those who wanted to contribute in cash can do so but that will be chanelised through the CM's relief fund and those who wanted to donate in kind can send their material (only dresses and utensils) to eight collection centres of which three are in Mangalore city and five in different taluks in the respective taluk offices. At Mangalore Mangalore City Corporation office and Deputy Commissioner's office will host one each collection centres while one will be in Taluk office in Hampankatta Mr. Vidyashankar added.

source mangalorean.com


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