During early May, the Wildfires have destroyed at least 2,500 buildings in Alberta, Canada, and had forced the mandatory evacuation of over 90,000 people, including the entire city of Fort McMurray.
As tens of thousands of evacuees fled Fort McMurray, numerous private companies and municipalities are pitching in to help with the huge wildfire and its aftermath. As a noble gesture, the Indian-origin Volunteers also open homes to Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees in Canada.
There were reports of Community halls opened up, by the Indian-origin volunteers, places such as the Guru Nanak Sikh Society Gurudwara in Edmonton offered rooms in their homes or places to park campers.
“We just want to make sure that if anyone’s kind of in a gap situation, that they’re not going to be homeless for even one night, make sure that there’s space for them to stay. So, as people call in especially over the course of today, we’ll be coordinating with them”, says society volunteer Arundeep Singh Sandhu, adding “We’ve got basement suites and spare bedrooms all over as well as space to park campers and such. So we’re not saying people need to stay at the Gurdwara, but the congregation is offering up their homes”.
The Canadian prime minister has also hailed the countless firefighters who have been battling the massive wildfire that forced over 90,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray.
Several organisations are still working towards providing the relief work in the Canada’s worst wildfire ever. The Red Cross also set up an emergency 'Alberta Fires' appeal page for financial donations.