8-Year Old Girl Donates Piggy Bank Savings to Flood Victims
8-Year old Anupriya from Villupuram, India, had managed to save ₹9,000 (equivalent to £99) over the course of four years in the hopes of purchasing a bicycle. However, after seeing the catastrophic effects of the floods in Kerala, Anupriya decided to break open her piggy banks and donate all the funds to Kerala relief efforts.
After going viral on Twitter, Anupriya's story warmed the hearts of thousands including chairman of India's largest bicycle manufacturer 'Hero Cycles', Pankaj M. Munjal, who not only gifted Anupriya a new bicycle but also pledged to gift her a new bicycle every year for the rest of her life.
Anupriya's story is a perfect heart-warming example of the positive perspectives absent from mainstream issues.
What's Happening in Kerala?
Over 350 people have been killed by floods and countless others have been displaced after southern Indian states received an unprecedented amount of rain during its monsoon season. Whilst environmentalists were quick to point to deforestation as the ultimate root cause for this, critics have also blamed authorities and dam operators for poor timing; releasing to much water exacerbating the situation. (BBC).
The floods have also caused many to question the efficiency and future of current dam systems and flood plans as Kerala did not receive an early flood warning and the dam situation is only expected to worsen as climate change continues.