Portland volunteers send relief to India during deadly COVID surge

Oregonians with connections to India hope others join relief efforts, as India sees record surge of more than 400,000 COVID cases in a day.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Volunteers in the Pacific Northwest are joining international relief efforts as India faces a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Ajay Vangapaty and Lokesh Muddagowda are both volunteers with Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and the Portland chapter of Sewa International USA, faith-based organizations focused on community service.

They have strong connections with India.

“Our mother country is always very dear to us,” Muddagowda said.

Both men are watching a crisis play out in

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