By Roydon D’ Souza – Team Mangalorean
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Mangalore, October 5, 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 cant 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