A facebook group founded by a businessman based in Sangamner in Ahmednagar of Maharashtra has collected Rs 9 lakh for victims of a massive flood in Kolhapur and Sangli districts that displaced lakhs of people rendering them homeless.
Apart from the funds, the group also managed to collect
medicines, clothes, food grains in large quantities and the group has resolved to adopt a village from the funds collected and rehabilitate it.
Santosh Lahamage, a construction businessman at Sangamner, founded the group five years ago called ‘Kuber’. The group, which has seventeen hundred members in many states, including Maharashtra and abroad too, initially worked to provide a platform for the members of the group.
However, the group has also forayed into social activities for some time now and as part of this social work, the group members have raised a fund of Rs 9 lakh in just four days as part of this group’s call for help in the disaster of Kolhapur, Sangli and districts.
“From Rs 4 to Rs 50,000, personal assistance is being provided by the members. Besides, a large amount of clothing, medicines and food items have been sent to the flood victims,” Lahamage said.
He added that the funds would be used for the rehabilitation of a village or “wadi” in co-operation with the Maharashtra government.
The Kubera Foundation, a registered organisation, has also been set up to raise funds for the group.
Earlier, the group had undertaken water conservation work at Rajur in Osmanabad district during the famine period, held collective marriage ceremonies for the disabled, held sanitation for girls in orphanages, distributed literature for the disabled, provided financial aid to the needy, organised blood donation camps with children in the community.
“We have also engaged in beach cleaning activities at Chowpatty after Ganpati visarjan, moving library, granth Dindi, Ramaseja Fort sanitation campaign, For Water Cup competetion the group has implemented 48 activities as ‘shramdaan’,” he said, adding that local members are working hard to help in Kolhapur.
He said during the flood, medicines were to be provided in one village, but since there was no way to go to the village, the group had provided medicines at Kolhapur airport.
He appealed that those who would like to assist in this program should contact 99221- 11666/ 98348- 32140/ 9822532808.
The state government had recently revealed that in Sangli, in 2005, there was 217 per cent rainfall in 31 days and this year it was 758 per cent in just 9 days. In Kolhapur, in 2005 the rainfall recorded was 159 per cent in 31 days and this year it is 480 per cent in 9 days. Koyna has a capacity of 100 TMC but 50 TMC got filled in just 9 days.