This Kerala man is celebrating Eid in a unique way. With heavy downpours and landslides ravaging his state, Noushad, who owns a small garment shop in Ernakulam, has donated all the fresh stock he bought for the Eid sale to flood victims.
On Sunday, Noushad got a phone call from a group of volunteers lead by actor Rajesh Sharma who are collecting food, water, medicines, and clothes for the relief camps. When the volunteers asked if Noushad could donate something, he called them to his garment factory. Noushad filled sacks with all brand new clothes that he had purchased to sell for the festival of Eid.
In a video that is going viral on social media, Noushad can be seen packing up clothes which even have their price tags intact.
“We don’t carry anything along while we depart from this world, my profit is in helping the needy. Tomorrow is Bakrid, this is how I celebrate it,” Noushad can be heard saying in the Facebook video which was streamed live by actor Rajesh Shama
Noushad’s humanitarian gesture won applauds from many including Kerala Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran, who shared the video on his page.
Not all heroes wear capes
Last year too, Kerala witnessed a similar crisis where over 350 people lost their lives. During the last year’s floods, many fishermen came out with their boats to helm the relief work. The video of 32-year-old fisherman, Jaiswal KP, who crouched in floodwaters offering his back for women to step on and get into relief boats, had gone viral.
Putting his back into it. Quiet literally. Jaisal KP a fisherman in Vengara puts himself in water so women and children can use his back as a step into the boat. 600 fisherman helping out in #KeralaFloods the unsung heroes. #Salute pic.twitter.com/DXo1CbKIs2
— Shreya Dhoundial (@shreyadhoundial) August 19, 2018
According to The Hindu, the death toll in the flood has risen to 72 and over 2 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. Though many collection centres have been opened by colleges, NGOs and other private organisations besides the ones operated by the district administrations all over Kerala, the quantity of donations pouring in is less than last year, says a New Indian Express report.