Sikh community helps London blaze victims
The horrific accident that occurred yesterday left everyone in tears. To help people who are homeless, the Sikh community in London has started helping the survivors of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire. The accident has left hundreds homeless. A community member from gurudwara at Ealing, Harjinder Kukreja said, “Sikh gurdwaras in London have started collecting and distributing spare clothes, toys, toiletries for Grenfell Tower evacuees”. The Metro daily quoted him saying, "The evacuees only have what they're wearing. We need to support them with spare necessities".
The blaze in the tower block in the West London district of North Kensington on Wednesday has left 12 dead. Police say the toll is expected to rise. Khalsa Aid, the Sikh disaster relief operation that brought comfort to Somerset Levels during the dreadful floods of 2014, was also helping people of the tower. "We've only brought water for now, but the plan is to get our 24/7 breakfast operation up and running as soon as we can," said graphics designer Gobind Singh, 33, the Daily Mail reported.
The Sikh community was also praised for helping people in the wake of the Manchester terror attack of May 22 that killed 22 people. St. Clements Church on Treadgold Street has turned into an evacuation centre following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Muslim community also rushed to help the affected residents.
Many people were saved by the Muslims in the tower who woke up at 1 am due to Ramadan. They acted as life-savers, alerting other residents and helping people to get out of the burning building, media reports said. There are around twenty people who are badly burnt and are fighting for their life.