Midlands volunteers have spoken of their shock at flooded Britain after they went on a mercy mission to help out.
The group which gave vital aid in India last year after huge rains led to devastation said they were stunned to see the same scenes in this country.
While one Birmingham charity set up a Smile In a Box appeal to get essentials to submerged communities, a group of Walsall volunteers mounted a 20-hour mercy mission to Somerset.
The Midland Langar Seva Society began collecting sandbags and hand sanitizer over the weekend after seeing devastating pictures of the floods.
By 3.30am on Sunday they were on the road to help those worst battered by the ongoing storms.
The volunteers, who usually help the homeless around the region, returned to the Midlands at 11pm on Sunday night.
Randhir Singh Heer, who spent three weeks helping flood victims in India last year said the scenes greeting the group were “terrible”.
He said: “I’m exhausted, but it was worth it. This is something you wouldn’t expect in the UK.
“Normal streets were like rivers. We spoke to one guy and his back garden was like a lake.
“We’re British born and bred and this is what we’re here for, to help each other out.”
Dad-of-three Randhir, a driver by trade, said he had a team of ten volunteers willing to travel back to the Somerset Levels next weekend.
“We’re on standby,” he said. “I have ten guys and if it gets worse we’ll go down Friday and probably stay until Monday.”
As the team returned to their van to head home, they found thank you cards on their windscreen from local children.
Randhir said: “The hospitality we received was amazing.”
Stechford charity boss Matt Denning said he wanted to send victims a Smile In a Box.
Founder of children’s charity Matt’s Mission, the 28-year-old has launched a campaign for kids to design relief boxes containing essentials like toiletries, food and toys.
He said: “It’s about getting kids inspired and learning from a young age they can make a difference.
“There’s a lot of things that go abroad but charity does start at home and we have to all come together.”