Scores of people from the Indian community flocked to celebrate Onam with pomp and gaiety. Organised by the Bahrain OICC Malappuram District Committee, 'Ona nilavu' saw various cultural performances and prestigious awards presented.
Inaugurating the celebration, Malappuram District Congress Committee President Adv V. V. Prakash stated that festivals played a key role in uniting expatriates and initiate philanthropic efforts.
The DCC president recalled the disastrous floods of 2018 and 2019 in the form of floods, landslips and debris slide. The most disastrous incidents were in Kavalappara in Malappuram district, and Puthumala in Wayanad district, where several families were buried under the mud in massive landslips.
“The severe impact that has been caused by the floods last year and this year as well cannot be forgotten. The death toll increased to 89 and over 49 mortal remains were found in Kavalappara landslide area. Apart from the landslides, many people lost their homes and belongings as the waters rushed into their homes. But through that time, they did not lose faith in humanity as scores of people united to help them in every way possible,” said DCC president V V Prakash.
“OICC members, Bahrain expatriates and other district members stepped out to help these families to the best of their abilities for which I greatly commend their efforts. As the celebration for Onam goes forward, let us hold on to the exemplary social welfare efforts and stand with the people” he added.
The celebration held at the Kerala Catholic Association Hall saw ‘Karu Kare Karmukul'- a renowned poem by Sri. Kavalam Narayana Panikkar performed in Mohiniyattam Style by Sheena Chandradas and team.