Thiruvananthapuram: In order to ensure that relief materials reach right hands, the individuals in the city who were supporting district administration have started to personally delivering goods at relief camps and remote houses based on demands.
"During the past two days of visit to flood-affected areas, we have identified trustworthy local carriers. They use boats to go to interiors and compile the list of needed materials. Old people may need Ayurvedic oil like Kottanchukkadi thailam. Some need candles and underwear. We deliver them strictly based on demands," said a techie who did not wish to be identified.
Each of these individuals has a list of friends who contribute. "My wife manages and packs the inventory. So we can only deal with the limited quantity of relief materials. We take goods in our own SUVs or trucks by spending on diesel. Tonight we are going to Budhanoor," he said.
Volunteers say that medicines should be handed over to camp officers and not directly to citizens. Alternatively, medicines can be handed over to Medical College Hospital medicine bank.
Akhil Mohan, a young travel agency proprietor, said he was heading to Kulamavu, Cheruthoni areas where government aids were delivered less often.
"We have friends at Idukki, who have given us a list of most needed items. This will be our first journey and we have taken guidance from some revenue officials," he said....