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City residents rise as one in sympathy

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, JULY 19. Touched by the traffic loss of life in the Kumbakonam school fire, people in Coimbatore have sought to openly display their grief and sympathy in various ways during the past three days.

Posters condoling the gruesome incident appeared on the windshields of autorickshaws plying in the city. Drivers appeared to be disturbed by the deaths of children who were much like the ones they carry in their vehicles to school every day.

At a meeting of the Coimbatore Anaithu Auto Thozhilalar Sangam, the members resolved to keep their vehicles off the roads from dawn to dusk on July 20 and take out a silent procession from Gandhipuram Bus Stand to the Red Cross building near the Collectorate.

Several people paid homage yesterday, at a meeting organised by the Themaiyan Street Residents Welfare Association at Koundempalayam. After offering floral tribute, everyone observed a two-minute silence.

At the Collectorate this morning, the District Collector S. Kosalaraman led Government employees from various departments in observing two minute silence.

The Mayor, T. Malaravan presided over a condolence meeting at the Corporation premises.

The Mayor, deputy Mayor, councillors and Corporation officials donated Rs. 1 lakh to the families of the deceased children.

At Bharathiar University, the Vice-Chancellor S. Sivasubramanian led a meeting attended by students, teachers and university officials and a resolution was passed expressing condolence and praying for the quick recovery of children with burns.

In schools throughout the district, teachers and students offered silent tribute and participated in prayer meetings.

A team of volunteers from the Rotary clubs of Coimbatore Central and Spectrum, headed by Dr. S. Rangarajan, accompanied a medical team from the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH), to offer medical assistance to the hospitalised children, on July 17.

They handed over life-saving drugs and intravenous fluids worth Rs. 1 lakh to the Thanjavur District Collector, J. Radhakrishnan.

Responding to the request from the hospital authorities, the medical team served in the burns ward of the General Hospital at Kumbakonam from the night of July 17 until the morning of July 18.

KMCH and Ganga Hospital handed over letters to the Collector, offering to undertake free plastic surgery for the needy.

In a release here, BPL Mobile said that the cellular phone company had launched the `Ithayathilirinthu' (From the heart) initiative and donated Rs. 25 lakhs to offer assistance to the victims of the fire.

Members of the public could drop their contributions into collection boxes that would be placed in all BPL galleries across the State. BPL Mobile subscribers could contribute to `Idayathilirinthu' by keying in the word `FUND', followed by a space and the amount, before the sending the message as an SMS to 666.

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