The Indian community in Horsham is reeling over the COVID-19 catastrophe occurring in India.
India is recording hundreds of thousands of cases every day with thousands of people dying daily.
Gunaseelan Manoharan and Leesha Gunaseelan who live in Horsham are talking to family daily as they fear for their lives.
"One in two people have COVID-19," Mr Manoharan said.
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"It's scary. We're scared."
Currently, India has no stock of the vaccine.
Mr Manoharan said he had lost friends who were only in their early 40s and were completely healthy adults before contracting the virus.
"They were very healthy people, fit and they died."
Mrs Gunaseelan's parents are still in India and she is incredibly frightened for them.
"We're really worried," she said.
"We can't do anything from here."
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"It's stressful watching people dying on the street."Gunaseelan Manoharan
Mr Manoharan said they speak to friends in India who are scared and can not leave their homes.
"They are being told they can only leave once a day to get food. They have to have ID and a permit to travel anywhere. There is no work and there is a shortage of money and work," he said.
"It's a poor situation."
Mrs Gunaseelan said they feel incredibly safe in Australia. Mrs Gunaseelan and Mr Manohoran have two children, Rayaan, six, and Kavan, three months.
They explained in India there was a recent election in 10 states and there were no restrictions or COVID-19 protocol.
"It just made it worse," Mr Manoharan said.
"They were not taking this situation seriously," Mrs Gunaseelan said.
"My parents are just staying at home, my mum is really sick.
"They're not allowed to leave the house on Saturday and Sundays, so it's hard to get food. Many of the shops are closed anyway."
They said they wanted to get Mrs Gunaseelan's parents to Australia last year but couldn't.
"We really want them to be here, as a daughter to see your parents in the middle of something really dangerous is really upsetting," Mrs Gunaseelan said.
"I don't look into the news."
"It's stressful watching people dying on the street," Mr Manoharan said.
"There are no ambulances. People are carrying their dead on motorcycles.
"People are getting treatment outside the street of the hospital."
Bodies are being burnt in make sift crematoriums in empty car parks or land lots.
Mrs Gunaseelan said on the news she saw a woman's husband die in her arms outside the hospital waiting for oxygen.
"India didn't take COVID-19 serious last year," Mr Manoharan.
"It's very serious."
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton tweeted the figures coming from India are mostly likely undercounted the extent of COVID-19.
He tweeted the true daily toll could be over two million.
THREAD: With over 350,000 cases of COVID-19 reported daily in India, it's clear that the pandemic is far from over globally. The true *daily* figure is probably over two million. I'm very glad that there is now urgent consideration of critical support to the Government of India. pic.twitter.com/rc8Ez06C2r— Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO) April 27, 2021
Mr Manoharan said he was frustrated the cricket was still on while so many people in India were struggling.
"Even Australian players want to leave, they don't feel safe," he said.
"They are saying it is not as safe as last year in Dubai.
"How can people watch cricket as their fellow Indians, brothers and sisters, are dying?
"People want to stop the tournament. It's not the time for cricket."
One Australian cricketer, Pat Cummins donated $50,000 for oxygen and ventilators.
The couple own Rooh, an Indian restaurant, and will be running an all day buffet on Mother's Day to raise money for oxygen and ventilators.
"Whatever money we make we'll pass on the charity," Mr Manoharan said.
"People are sitting on the street to get oxygen.
"People are being buried wherever they can be buried."
The Mother's Day buffet doesn't have a set price but people can pay what they want.
"If they want to pay $10, $20 or $100, we'll pass it on to help people in India," Mr Manoharan said.
"It's all about humanity. It doesn't matter what country you from, we have to support humanity, support each other," Mrs Gunaseelan said.
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