Kindhearted residents have been tying bags of food and sanitary products to a riverside railing for homeless people during the COVID-19 lockdown with signs saying ‘hang in there, mate’.
The images were taken on the banks of the Ishim River in the northern Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, and the tied bags reportedly contain food, sanitary products and survival kits for homeless people.
Along the top of the railing, signs read: “Hang in there, mate.”
Kazakhstan’s two main cities Nur-Sultan and Almaty went into lockdown last week to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to residents, the bags were all removed when they went to check afterwards although it is unclear who untied them from the railing.
Netizen ‘ZhenyaRuslan5’ commented: “This brought me to tears. There are so many kind people in the world.”
‘Dombrovskayelena’ said: “Well done. I’m so proud of our city!”
However, ‘Yablonyavsadu’ wrote: “I have never seen a homeless person in this area. Meanwhile, our elderly people are sitting at home in need, why aren’t these packages hanging there? If you want to help someone, take the package to them directly or give it to the authorities to pass on.”
As of 26th March, Kazakhstan has reported 111 confirmed cases of CVID-19 and one related deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
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