Unsung heroes who silently worked Victims stuck in Kerala deluge- Let’s pay respect

While you heard about Bollywood actors donating money to Kerala flood victims and their acts were loudly spoken by the media, several heroes remained unsung despite giving their everything to people struggling in the deluge. TheYouth always makes efforts to bring people, who have been neglected, into the limelight. We as a nation must extol and encourage those bringing about changes in the society.

The unusual massive rainfall during the monsoon season pounded the southern tip of India in July onwards, which resulted in centaury’s ugliest flood in at least 14 districts of the state. 483 people died, over a dozen individuals are still missing and 9 Lakh people were evacuated by the force. The situation was so parlous that the government declared it ‘level 3’ calamity, as one-sixth of total population of the state was affected by the nature’s anger.

Several People, NGOs, groups came forward to help the state in trouble. Unfortunately our media selectively highlighted the contribution done by Bollywood actors and some other popular faces. Here is a group of 40 people who stayed there in Kerala and helped them. Moreover, they sent trucks of stuffs to provide affected Keralites with basic needs. The friends moved from shop to shop and collected medicines, groceries, clothes, cereals, pulses and everything required for basic needs, and transported to affected parts of the state.

Praveen Shukla (left) and Ashish Kumar (Right)

The friends are actually members of an organization “Being Social” which is functioning in 7 major cities of India with 2,700 volunteers. The NGO was founded in November 2015 and led by Ashish Kumar and Praveen Shukla. When they heard of Kerala deluge, a team of 40 members was formed and brought into action.

Mrityunjay Chaubey is the editor in chief at The Youth. He hails from Indore. Before The Youth, He worked for Indian Defence News as a columnist and was a reporter at two other sports portals.