Mysuru: Amid the flood distress, victims of the Kodagu rains celebrated Eid in a spirit of religious harmony by relishing biryani and paayasa (sweet) for lunch at the madrasa and Shaadi Mahal at Nellihudikeri in Somwarpet taluk, Kodagu on Monday.
Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy arranged paayasa for dinner too as a gesture of support for the victims and to send out a message of brotherhood.
At the relief centre at Shaadi Mahal, around 170 victims have been accommodated of whom hardly 10 are Muslims. The madrasa has 580 victims of whom over 300 are Muslims.
“I am deeply touched by the support extended by my brethren from different communities. When my house was flooded at midnight on Friday, being physically challenged, I was scared I would die. The authorities brought me to a safe place in a boat and then to Shaadi Mahal. My mother Rajamma (68), who is admitted to a hospital in Mysuru after she underwent surgery a week ago, is not aware of my plight. I have not informed her as I don’t want her to be in shock,” said Harish (48) from Baradi colony of Nellihudikeri.