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Indian restaurant hands out free curry and rice dishes to hundreds of bushfire victims - saying 'it's our duty to serve them'

'We follow the Sikh way of life....

  • Kanwaljit Singh and his wife Kamaljit own Desi Grill in Bairnsdale, Gippsland
  • They are cooking and handing out thousands of free meals to bushfire victims 
  • Mr Singh said: 'It's our duty to serve them when they need us the most'
  • The military arrived in East Gippsland on Wednesday to evacuate people

The local owners of an Indian restaurant have provided thousands of free meals to those caught up in the bushfires in Gippsland, Victoria.

Kanwaljit Singh and his wife Kamaljit Kaur own the Desi Grill in Bairnsdale in eastern Victoria where fires have destroyed homes and resulted in one death.

They and their staff have been cooking curry and rice which is being handed out by Melbourne charity Sikh Volunteers Australia to those living in temporary shelter.

Mr Singh, who has lived in the area for six years, said he felt he had a 'duty' to help his fellow Australians. 

'It's terrible out there. People are severely affected and they need food and shelter. It's our duty to serve them when they need us the most,' he told SBS Punjabi

'We follow the Sikh way of life. We are just doing what other Australians are doing today, and that is to serve and pray for the people who have been hit hard by these terrible bushfires,' he said.

Mr Singh said his team helped volunteers cook 500 meals on New Year's Eve. 

'We have the capacity to cook for up to 1,000 people in a day. But it all depends on how much is needed in the field,' he said.

'We have stock of rice, flour and lentils which we think should be sufficient for the next week or so.'...

...The deadly fires have burnt through more than 766,000 hectares across Victoria.

There were 47 fires statewide, but most of the fires and burnt land were in East Gippsland.

Another fire straddling the NSW-Victoria border at Corryong was also threatening lives.

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