A RALLYING call has been issued for Solihull residents to donate to help buy supplies for people left homeless by the Indian Tamil Nadu flood disaster.
Solihull-based charity Small-Steps has called on residents to support victims of the floods which have taken more than 300 lives. So far they have raised £1,500 but are aiming to reach £3,000.
November was the rainiest month in Chennai’s history – seeing the region’s worst flood in more than 100 years, drowning a city of 4.8million with 11 inches of rain.
The Southern Indian state of TamilNadu was ravaged by unprecedented heavy rains causing a monsoons which created havoc. The capital city, many coastal towns and villages became submerged in water.
Subhash Agarwalla, who a volunteer for the charity, said: “As we go about our normal lives, many people are on their roof tops waiting for the helicopters to deliver food and boats to take them to a safer place.
“You and I can make a difference to the situation.
“Though this may sound cliche, it is a fact.”
He added they were appealing to all people in the UK to help raise funds for thousands waiting to be rescued.
The money will be used to buy blankets, clothes, food, drinking water and help rebuild homes and lives.
Mr Agarwalla said: “In this hour of despair let us give hope to the flood affected people of TamilNadu.
“Every penny of your donations will be gratefully received.”
Visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/chennaifloods to support the cause.