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  • 8 February 2014, 15:50

Disaster Charity Khalsa Aid Helps Flood Victims

A charity that usually helps out in foreign disaster zones has come to the aid of flood-hit residents in Somerset.

Khalsa Aid is on hand to distribute bottled water, food, warm clothing, antiseptic fluid and whatever else is needed to help those in deluged communities.

Ravi Singh from the Slough-based Sikh charity said they were compelled to act after watching Sky News' coverage of the heavy rain and high winds that have battered the country.

The charity has previously helped people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan and Haitans trying to recover from the devastating earthquake there in 2010.

But Mr Singh said communities much closer to home were their focus for the moment.

"This is our community, these are our countrymen who are in dire need," he said.

"I never knew the amount of devastation until we drove around to get to this place, we had to go several different routes and it's amazing. The floods ? the fields are like lakes. It's unbelievable, how will they recover from this disaster?

"I think we all need to pull together; it's very very important."

He urged anyone who was thinking of trying to help to contact organisations already in the area, so as to avoid blocking roads and causing more problems.

"I appeal to every community, keep these guys in your prayers, do as much as you can, it's our time now to serve our own community," he added.

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