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BBC Wales's Nick Palit reports
"The community has focused its efforts on sending aid to Gujarat"
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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 14:19 GMT
Earthquake aid Shipment organised
Temple in Cardiff where a relief effort is being organised
Hundreds of bags of clothes have been handed in
As the death toll in the Indian earthquake rises the Hindu community in Cardiff is stepping up the appeal to send aid to the Gujurati region of their birth.

More than 30,000 has been raised in the Welsh capital in just three days and a shipment of clothes will be sent to Bhuj later this week.

There are around 500 people from the Bjuj area living in the Grangetown area of the city.

Already three Cardiff families have had news from India that members of their families have perished in the earthquake.

But hundreds more are still waiting for word of their loved ones.

Women queue for relief in Bhuj
Women queue for relief in Bhuj

The relief effort has been centred on the Shree Swami Narayan temple in the Grangetown area of Cardiff over the last few days.

An army of helpers has been sorting out hundreds of bags of clothes donated by the community ready to ship out to the Bhuj region.

The temple's secretary Ratna Haran praised the efforts of the Hindu community in Cardiff.

"Everyone has rallied round. The amount of money we have collected is more than 30,000."

"It has been a tremendous effort."

The temple's priest or Poojari has already flown out to India to oversee distribution of the funds and to try to find out news of survivors.

Rescue team

But with communications to the Indian state of Gujarat so difficult for hundreds of relatives in Cardiff the only thing they can do is hope and pray and wait.

Meanwhile, a rescue team from north Wales is expected to learn on Tuesday whether they are leaving to help in Gujarat.

The Indian High Commissioner in London has agreed visas for the team.

But they are now waiting for confirmation from Air India that there are available seats on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

Members of the Anglesey-based British International Search and Rescue dogs team are waiting to find out whether they will fly out to India to help with the rescue of trapped people.

Team member Phil Coghlan, has confirmed the Indian High Commissioner in London has granted permission for eight team workers to fly to Ahmedabad.

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