NEW DELHI: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday voiced his concern for the people affected by floods in Kerala and Karnataka. He aims to provide relief material worth Rs 2 crore to the two flood-hit states. He applauded the security forces for their role in rescuing people from the flood-ravaged state of Kerala. “It is inspiring to see the way our security forces have worked tirelessly in the flood affected areas. We all are immensely proud of our security forces who even in an unpleasant situation like this never failed to respond to those who are affected,” said the Yoga guru. He said that relief material worth Rs 50 lakh has been sent to both flood affected states. “From toothpaste to drinking water, we from the Patanjali have donated an approximate figure of Rs 50 lakh for the flood victims of Kerala and Karnataka. We will be sending relief materials worth Rs 1 crore in about a week and our aim to clock the figure up to Rs 2 crore for the victims in both the states,” he added.
Devotees asked not to go to Sabarimala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ayyappa devotees wishing to go to the hill shrine of Sabarimala for the Onam festival have been advised by authorities not to go there as flood waters in the Pampa river at the foothills have not receded. Besides, roads in nearby areas of Pampa have been damaged and several trees en route to the shrine uprooted under the impact of the heavy rains, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine, said. The path to the shrine was also filled with mud and this would make trekking to the shrine very dangerous, the TDB said in a release. The temple will open for Onam poojas on August 23 and close on August 28.