Chennai: There is a surprise package waiting for the flood-hit Kerala people. The villagers of Manayarangkadu, in Salem district, Tamilnadu, have taken the trouble of preparing 8,000 chapathis and sent them to the people of Kerala.
Apart from putting in so much of hard work to prepare the chapathis for the flood-affected people of Kerala, they have also packed biscuit packets, towels, sarees and bed sheets and sent them to the neighbouring State.
Erode in Tamilnadu is famous for its textile shandy where clothes can be bought at wholesale prices. Usually, traders do brisk business during Onam. But with Kerala going under water due to unprecedented rain and floods, now business is brisk with people sending relief to the State.
According to reports, NGOs and people wishing to send flood relief are thronging the market to buy lungis, shirts, nighties, undergarments and children’s clothes.
“We were banking on Onam festival when businessmen from Kerala land in Erode and pick up clothes wholesale at the shandy. But this did not happen as the floods hit Kerala. Now, NGOs and others are picking up a variety of clothes and this booming retail business is helping us,” said a report, quoting a wholesale textile businessman at the shandy.