Published: 16th July 2019
We need Bisleri, PepsiCo to give Assam clean water: Meet the musician who is helping flood-hit families stay safe
Clean water, covers, hand-sanitisers are of an immediate requirement for the flood-affected citizens of the state and Rahul Rajkhowa is going all out to try and get NGOs the help they need
Thirty-one of Assam's 33 districts were hit by the current spell of floods that has already claimed more than a dozen lives and affected more than 26 lakh people. Home Minister Amit Shah directed the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies to provide all necessary help to the flood-affected people. But individuals across the country are also trying to help. Rahul Rajkhowa, a 24-year-old musician from the state, is connecting people to the right NGOs in the worst affected areas to ensure that help is provided swiftly and efficiently.
Donation just for the sake of it is not what they want, Rahul says with clarity. "The people need clean water to drink. Currently, we can only give four pouches of water to each family. That obviously is not enough. It would be great if we had more clean water to give them. I would urge companies like Bisleri and PepsiCo who produce mineral water to help us," said Rahul. "We need plastic covers to build makeshift shelters and hand sanitizers as well. People donate soaps but that only leads to more usage of water," he added.
In case you haven't seen it, Rahul had produced a music video during the 2017 floods in Assam as he went across the state and documented the miseries of the people. "I had come in contact with some NGOs and people who seriously wanted to help. We had kept in touch. Now, all I want to do this time is raise awareness and help the people on the ground to deliver the relief resources to the affected areas," Rahul said. "Last time we had seen that a lot of resources and even equipment to check the damage caused by the flood are wasted due to lack of proper logistics and information. I want to be the bridge that connects the people who are willing to help with the people who are delivering the relief items," he added
You can reach Rahul at 9654006567 or mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org