Jiten Agarwal, a Houston businessman of Indian origin, has been working tirelessly in ransom and rescue since the first opportunity he gained.
Just hours after Hurricane Harvey landed last Friday, it did not stop, joining a group and any cause, headed to the flooded areas.
Hurricane Harvey destroyed southeast Texas, causing catastrophic flooding last week that claimed the lives of at least 31 people.
An Indian was among the victims. The victim, Nikhil Bhatia, was one of four Texas A & M college students rescued from the rapidly rising waters of the lake near their campuses where they had gone swimming.
Two of Bhatia’s colleagues joined the relief effort as soon as they recovered. Some of the 200 students at the University of Houston who were marked by water in the chest around their residential blocks on Saturday campus have also joined other volunteers to help those who can.
Decent Indian and American Indians form a strong community in Texas; in Houston, for example, and in the university cities where hundreds of teachers, their families, and students live.
Some of them, like the marked, arrived in the United States only a month ago. “They are very close to each other, they are very active as a community and compete with each other to give and donate for a cause,” said Anupam Ray, the tireless Indian Consul General in Houston, who crossed flooded neighborhoods to reach stranded Indians and get help for them.
Ray got a call the other day from Texas A & M University. About $ 9,000 came from Shalini, the student who remained critically on Wednesday, charges last semester that created insurance problems.
“No problem,” I said, remembering the conversation, “this will be organized in half a day.” Was? “I did not get another call from the university,” he said.
Ray wrote an article on Facebook Wednesday describing some of the work done by the community, individually and in groups. “I am proud of the Indian community in Houston,” he said.
“One of the incredible things I saw during #HurricaneHarvey was how the Indians intensified their relief efforts, it was in the best traditions of America and India.” were all to help all Americans, “he concluded.
Agarwal, who was on this list, recalled that his proudest moment helped save “an American family” with a five-year-old caretaker. They needed help, the fan was in an energy source that was dying, a battery backup cell phone.
The designated relief groups, particularly the Coast Guard, have been inundated with calls – many of them could have been in a panic – perceived the danger rather than a real one.
Agarwal also called them, but knowing how this is happening, also appealed to his vast network of “people I know”. These are the people of Agarwal who receive “non-profit boards” and other groups, but more importantly,
“People who have ships (and) can respond immediately instead of going through the Coast Guard’s official line, when their number is 70 or 80 (which could take) 24 hours,” which could be dangerous for the boy. This family was saved in 45 minutes.
Agarwal did not insist on this much longer, and offered to count other cases of Indians, American Indians or “people of all origins.” He continued to help stranded university students and at least 45 other Indian or Indian families, of which he told very good details.
But with the help of which he was more proud and more poignant? “The child who is in the fan – when a five-year-old is in the fan – with water infiltrated and without electricity – that, to me, was the most, let’s say, heart touched.” Agarwal has been in the USA. Indicates only about 12 years.