Thiruvananthapuram: Thousands of youngsters, who were part of youth organisations, political parties and private groups, have been shuttling to other districts for the post-floods cleanup works.
The city corporation was giving vaccinations including tetanus injections to volunteers from 10 am to 6 pm at Corporation office. They were being given orientation sessions between 12 pm and 3 pm.
Many chemical and dye wholesalers in the city remained open on holidays also to cater to the need of cleaning materials.
"I bought 50 kg bleaching powder. One of our friends bought a pressure washer worth Rs7000 for the volunteering work. We as a group of four have gone to clean Chengannur during Uthradom and Thiruvonam. The mud inside and outside our car will serve as a testimony," said Ajith Kumar, a techie.
As per the volunteers, there was severe demand for cleaning agents like bleaching powder and they even get stolen.
As per the corporation officials, they were facing a dearth of cleaning equipment like shovels, plastic baskets, cane baskets, gumboots, mask, steel dustpan, scrubber, floor cleaning brush wiper, mop, mugs and sponge garden gloves. Citizens can donate such equipment to control room inside the Corporation office.
"Many of the relief camps at Kottayam were closed as people returned. Power also has been reinstated, so clean up is easy," said Biju Skaria a volunteer.
The Thiruvananthapuram Corporation's sanitary workers were camping in other districts to take part in the cleanup operations.
Similarly, organisations like Seva Bharathi, DYFI also have volunteers who set targets in cleaning houses....