#MaharashtraFloods: This family’s generosity helped save 22 people when all hope was lost

Even in such testing times, the kindness of strangers shines as a beacon for others. The Limaye family in Sangli have done a great service to mankind by giving 22 people and 40 animals a place to stay till the floodwaters recede

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The Limaye family in Sangli has generously opened up their farmhouse to help people who are affected by the devastating floods. At present, there have given shelter to 22 people and 40 animals. These people chose not to go to relief camps as their animals would have been neglected.

Makarand Limay and his wife Sampada Limaye, along with his sister-in-law Jyoti Limaye have a farmhouse near Kare Club House in Sangli. They have opened their doors for any person who have no place to go.

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They are playing host to 22 people who hail from Bamini village in Satara district. Their generosity has helped save lives as apart from providing shelter, the family is also providing food and water to the people and their livestock. Buffalos, sheep, goats, and, cows have been provided with living arrangements. The families have also been taken care of.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Saheb Lal Mullah, a 50-year-old man, who has come along with his farm animals, said, “I couldn’t go to a relief camp as that would mean leaving our animals behind. I can’t imagine doing that as so many people have lost their animals.”

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Shivaji Parashe, the owner of two cows, who faces a similar predicament, explained, “I cannot take my animals to a rehabilitation camp as no provisions have been made for animals. I can’t part with them as I care for them as if they were my loved ones. The Limaye family has taken great care of us and we our unable to repay this debt, but we will be forever grateful for their assistance.”

The flood situation in western Maharashtra has improved with the water levels of two crucial rivers in the worst-hit Sangli and Kolhapur districts receding on Monday and relief and rescue operations going on in full swing.

Ashok Devarmani who has brought along five animals informed, “We have been here for the last eight days. We will go back once the situation returns back to normal. We are alive today, only because the Limaye family took us into their home. We would have been left out to perish, their kindness has given us a new life.”