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Sikh Temples in California accommodate thousands of Dam Evacuees in Yuba City

Oroville Dam is the tallest in US and it is dreaded due to its overflow that has been dampened by heavy rainfall

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Washington, Feb 14, 2017: Following the apprehensions of Oroville Dam collapsing, Gurudwaras in California are providing shelter to thousand of evacuees in Yuba City, which is home to the humongous chunk of Indian Americans.

While escaping potential flooding along the Highway 70 corridor south of Oroville, Security guards, teachers, farmers and other members of the Central Valley’s massive Sikh community took shelter into the two-storey Gurdwara Sahib Sikh temple in West Sacramento on late Sunday.

“More than 200 evacuees received toiletries, bedding and tasty vegetarian meals served by the temple’s staff of 19, who worked through the night to house everybody”, temple manager Ranjeet Singh was quoted a saying by the Sacramento Bee.

Oroville Dam is the tallest in US and it is dreaded due to its overflow that has been dampened by heavy rainfall. It’s predicted to collapse.

“People were still arriving after being stuck in traffic for seven hours,” Singh stated, adding that “We have a big facility here. We can accommodate 300 to 400. If anybody needs help, we can provide it. Everybody’s welcome here.”

“Sikh Temples in Sacramento region are open for people evacuated around #OrovilleDam. Am told they have food ready & all in need are welcome,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted.

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It is believed that the West Sacramento temple complex is the largest evacuation shelter in Sacramento and it has accommodated 200,000 people, who have fled the zone situated below Oroville Dam. The Sacramento Sikh Temple in Rio Linda reported accommodating 50 to 60 families which have fled the flood zone.

“We have all races black, white, Asian and Hispanic.

There is no tobacco or alcohol, and all our meals are vegetarian,” stated spokesman Darshan Singh Mundy.

Most of the people camping in the Gurudwara, originally belong to Punjab.

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“The Yuba City-Marysville area is home to more than 40,000 Sikhs”, Mundy stated, “while the greater Sacramento region has roughly 70,000.”

Residents in the River Valley below the Lake Oroville Dam were ordered to evacuate from their homes on Sunday when one of the two damaged spillways emerged in danger of imminent collapse post severe erosion.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Food Insecurity In New York,  Indian-Americans Work To Raise Awareness

"In the spirit of ‘give where you live', the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year," said Raj Asava in a press release. 

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The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of "Hunger Mitao!", which means "Wipe Out Hunger." Pixabay

Indian-Americans across New York are coming together to fight food insecurity, with a major organisation working to end hunger throughout the city’s five boroughs.

The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported.

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“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. Pixabay

The newly-formed Council kicked off its “Million Meal March” campaign at Baar Baar restaurant earlier this month.

The event garnered more than 100 attendees and raised over 610,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.

The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of “Hunger Mitao!”, which means “Wipe Out Hunger.”

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The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported. 
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The Council’s Co-Chair is Payal Sharma, the Managing Partner of the restaurant, and its Founders and Advisors are Raj Asava and Aradhana Asava.

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“In the spirit of ‘give where you live’, the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year,” said Raj Asava in a press release.

“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. (IANS)