At a time when people across the nation, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, have joined hands to help people in Kerala, which has been hit by the worst floods in nearly a century, sex workers in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar have also come forward to donate Rs 21,000 for the flood victims. Moreover, they will be raising another Rs 1 lakh by the end of this month. Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States

A group of sex workers presented a cheque of Rs 21,000 drawn in favour of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Kerala flood victims to Resident Deputy Collector Prashant Patil here yesterday, said a functionary of an NGO working for them. Also Read - Hum Agar Uthe Nahi Toh: Over 400 Rights Groups to Come Together to Raise Awareness on Issues Faced by Marginalised Sections

Dipak Buram of the city-based NGO Snehalaya said sex workers will raise another Rs 1 lakh by the month-end for Kerala flood victims. Also Read - 'Such a Kind Soul': Kerala Recalls Sushant Singh Rajput's Generous Act When He Donated Rs 1 Crore Towards 2018 Floods

Buram is coordinator of Snehjyot, a project run by Snehalaya, which is working for the welfare of sex workers for the last 30 years.

In the past too, sex workers have contributed for helping the victims of natural calamities in various parts of the country, he said.

In December 2015, they had donated Rs 1 lakh for relief work in rain-ravaged Chennai, Buram said.

Till date, they have contributed nearly Rs 27 lakh for various causes, including for the victims of earthquake in Gujrat (2001), tsunami (2004), Kashmir and Bihar floods, drought relief in Maharashtra and families of Kargil war heroes, he said.

Rains, floods and landslides in Kerala have killed 373 people since May 30. Altogether 87 people were injured and 32 others went missing in the deluge which hit all the 14 districts of the southern state.

Over 54.11 lakh people in Kerala were affected in the massive floods of which 12.47 lakh inmates have taken shelter in 5,645 relief camps since May 30, the NDMA said.

(With PTI inputs)