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Two Murshidabad villages gutted, 214 families homeless, need your urgent help

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Murshidabad: Two entire villages in Murshidabad (West Bengal) have been gutted by fire and 981 members of 214 families, all Muslims, living in the two villages have been rendered homeless. All their belongings, including 55 animals like cows and goats, have been burnt by the fire on 5 and 6 April. The affected villages are Jhaudia and Hukahar near Jalangi town in Murshidabad district.

Map of Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal

A mysterious fire erupted in village Jhaudia on 5 April gutting all 54 houses in the village and killing 55 domestic animals. Two grocery shops too were turned into ashes. Food grains, clothes and furniture as well as cash and other materials were burnt into ashes. A total of 181 men of the village Jhaudia have become shelterless as a result.

Two Murshidabad villages gutted, 214 families homeless, Do donate for Charity now

The nearby village Hukahar too witnessed a similar fire the next day. As furious as the previous one, it affected 800 men, women and children of 160 families in the village. Their homes were gutted alongwith all belongings, 113 domestic animals and seven shops. Like the other village, here too everything was gutted while people could save themselves by running away into the fields.

Two Murshidabad villages gutted, 214 families homeless, Do donate for Charity now

Charity alliance team headed by its local representative Mr Golam Kibriya, visited the two villages and found the helpless villagers sleeping under open sky with almost nothing left. Even their clothes, grains and groceries have been burnt by the fire. A few small shops operating in the two villages too have been burnt. They need emergency help to be able to bring a semblance of normalcy back into their shattered lives.

Two Murshidabad villages gutted, 214 families homeless, Do donate for Charity now

Local authorities are providing cooked food to the victims but there is yet to be any announcement to compensation to rebuild their houses. According to Mr Kibriya each family urgently needs corrugated sheets to build a simple shelter. One family's would need financial support of Rs 5000 for this. To help 214 families a sum of Rs 10,70,000 needs to raised.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chairman of Charity Alliance, has appealed to all to come forward to help these hapless people in their hour of need. Help may be sent through local charities known to you or through Charity Alliance which is active in the area since 2005 and runs Alliance School and a vocational training centre in the adjacent village, Uttar Ghoshpara. (For contact details and details of Charity Alliance work, please visit www.charityalliance.in). [Zakat, sadaqah, Bank Interest etc. accepted online]

Two Murshidabad villages gutted, 214 families homeless, Do donate for Charity now

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