In a noble gesture, survivors of the 1993 earthquake that claimed over 8,000 lives in Latur in Maharashtra on Thursday joined hands to lend support to the victims of the devastating temblor that shook Nepal recently by sending relief kits that contain essentials and provisions.
Lauding the relief drive initiated by NGO Bharat Vikas Parthishan, social activist Anna Hazare said he considered this as nobler act than giving donations to temples.
“Helping those in need is the real worship of God. Instead of giving donations to a temple, contributing to such a noble cause is more valuable,” Hazare said.
A total of 200 ‘family kits’ were collected by people of Killari and adjoining areas of Latur district, which bore the brunt of the 1993 quake, Pratishtan chief Vinayak Patil said.
Each kit contains essential items on which an affected family could survive for a month. It comprises items like stove, grains, dal, cereals, pulses, spices, sugar, nutritional items for children, biscuits and glucose.
Patil said he will be going to Nepal and ensure proper distribution of the relief kits among quake-hit people there.
“This is the humble contribution from those who have undergone the trauma of killer quake which had claimed around 8,000 lives,” he said.
Over 7,500 people have died in the Himalayan country after a temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck it on April 25.