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Sikhs Deliver Relief for Irma Victims in Florida (USA)

September 16, 2017 | By

ORLANDO, Florida: All across Florida Hurricane Irma evacuees are returning to scenes of devastation as they begin assessing the damage from one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.

Sikh humanitarian aid group, United Sikhs, has been working alongside families and communities since the storm hit, providing life-saving aid and emergency assistance.

“Our Volunteers were quick to spring into action. Earlier this week, they delivered water and food to religious institutes in Orlando, Florida to help distribute it the neighborhood”, reads a community update by United Sikhs.

UNITED SIKHS volunteers dropping donations at Churches in Orlando

“We are thankful to the Orlando Sikh community and United Sikhs in providing a platform to serve those impacted. As per our surveys, the regions of Tampa and the Florida Keys have had the worst damage. More assistance is needed to help those impacted. This is the time to give back to those that need the most,” a United Sikhs’ representative Baljeet Singh said.

Impact of Irma:

In addition to severe flooding and extensive property damage, as many as 4.3 million homes and businesses were still in the dark as a result of widespread power outages. It also flooded roads and piled them with debris, blocking off access to neighborhoods. Irma death toll rises to 31 across 3 states. Florida Keys, People are returning back to homes but struggling to find food, water and other necessities. Rescue teams going door to door looking for survivors. A lot of debri and homes surrounded by lots of water though running water only 2 hours twice a day. There is a water advisory – boil water and drink.

Some of the biggest immediate needs are in IRMA affected areas are non perishable food items, water and hygiene supplies.

According to CNN Parts of central and southern Florida will be a sweltering 90 degrees for several days, with humidity making it feel like the mid-90s. Sikh volunteers helped distribute ice to people in need.

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