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I am trying to help the poor families in Kolkata, India whose homes and personal belongings were ravaged by a fire on the 5th of April, 2014. About 5000 people were affected and now they have no food, shelter, belongings and nowhere to go. ...

I am trying to help the poor families in Kolkata, India whose homes and personal belongings were ravaged in a fire on the 5th of April, 2014. About 5000 people were affected and now they have no food, shelter, belongings and nowhere to go. Tiljala Society for Human and Educational Development (Tiljala Shed), a local NGO that has worked with the poor people in the area for decades, is trying to raise money for these people and I intend to help them by raising money from family and friends here in the US. The lives of these poor people were turned upside down in a matter of hours. We want to reduce their suffering and provide them with the bare necessities as they cope with the tragedy and try to put their lives back together. Please see below details of the unfortunate event as reported by Tiljala Shed and in newspapers. Some pictures as well as a YouTube video are attached.  Any monetary help would be appreciated. No amount is deemed a small amount. Please help!

Reported by NGO Tiljala Shed

As per the testimonial of a local resident, the unfortunate event escalated out of an electric spark from a bundle of high voltage wires which lay bare. The sparks transformed into flames as dry polythene, bamboos and clothes became tinder. The flames spread faster than wild fire as a north wind was blowing. The fire brigade was summoned. By the fire brigade arrived, flames had engulfed most of the houses. In the initial batch only four fire engines arrived to control the fire but they could not as they were not able to gain access to a vantage point to control the fire. Moreover it was beyond the capability of just four fire engines to control the fire. The fire abated after the fire brigade and the locals fought it for three hours with more than twenty fire engines.The fire reduced the whole settlement into ashes and the residents not only lost their shelters but lost all their belongings, clothes, ID proofs and hard earned cash. By the dawn of the 6th April the whole of the area was reduced to an 'ash tray' and many people suffered from burns. A few children were admitted to the local area hospitals. Few of the residents were so traumatized that they were not being able to talk or react to the emergency situation and stood there stupefied unable to accept the fact that their life's savings and assets were burning before their own eyes. Some said that they were anxiously waiting for the fire to abate so that they can dig out the last remains of their belongings but their hopes turned sour as all they could dig out were the charred remains of their assets.

More than 5000 people were directly affected by the fire. We are writing this letter with all necessary evidences; first hand testimonies attached and with graphic details so that we can arrange for some emergency funds to provide relief to the ailing masses who are lying helplessly with no shelter, food and clothing or necessary utensils. Please extend your hand to aid our fellow human beings to get back to life.

Video Kolkata Park Circus Fire

http://www.tished.org/

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