Heavy rains have ravaged the southern state for more than a week now.
Amidst their preparatory tour to Australia for the upcoming SAFF Suzuki Cup next month, the Indian team has come up with a kind gesture, addressing the flood-affected people of Kerala.
The Indian Football Team’s social media handles posted a video earlier today where three Indian internationals, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai and Ashique Kuruniyan can be seen talking about the devastating flood that have affected the lives of millions of people in the southern state.
Three youngsters from Indian Team – @vinit_vr, @nikhilcpoojary and Ashique Kuruniyan share a special message for Kerala. Stay Strong Kerala, we are with you. #StayWithKerala pic.twitter.com/QUP5uAn9Fq
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 17, 2018
“Hi, this is Nikhil Poojary from India. Sometimes nicest people have to appear for the toughest tests. You’re God’s Own Country and you will always be so,” Poojary started in English as Rai and Kuruniyan continued to speak the same in Hindi and Malayalam respectively.
Earlier in the day, reports confirmed the death of 167 souls in the state by the devastating flood all over the state. While many relief camps have been set all over the state, in many cases trucks full of relief could not reach its destination for water submerging the roads as well as entire towns.
— Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) August 16, 2018
Meanwhile, several Indian clubs have also taken the initiative of helping out the people of Kerala by sending in relief as well as other assistance. Kerala-based Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters opened a relief material collection centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kaloor whereas Bengaluru FC also started a similar initiative.
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) August 12, 2018
FC Pune City also took to the social media, wishing the victims to stay safe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Kerala at this time of adversity.
— FC Pune City (@FCPuneCity) August 16, 2018
We are stronger when we work together! Please keep the district control numbers handy and pass it on to everyone.@gkfcbattalia @kbfc_manjappada @WestBlockBlues & @Supermachans offered valuable help to everyone during these times. Donations: https://t.co/RinuOoZ1rP #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/bme9spK06h
— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) August 16, 2018
Kerala Blasters fans, the Manjappada, as well as Chennaiyin FC, fans Supermachans also pleaded their case on social media, requesting the users to donate relief materials for the victims in the affected areas.
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Please Drop the Below Listed items in Collection Boxes placed near JLN international Stadium . Contact Our Volunteers Now.#KoodeUnduManjappada #KeralaFloods@KeralaBlasters pic.twitter.com/oZ5kFrNIky
— Manjappada KBFC Fans (@kbfc_manjappada) August 16, 2018
— Supermachans-Chennaiyin FC Fans (@Supermachans) August 16, 2018
The honourable Chief Minister of Kerala has initiated a program for the public to donate any comfortable amount to help the affected rebuild their lives. Click here to donate.