Continuous and heavy rainfall in Kerala has left over 60 people dead and over thousands displaced. Nearly 20,000 houses and at least 10,000 kms of roads have been damaged in the floods and as many as 31,075 people are staying in 302 temporary relief camps. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. Of the state’s 39 dams, 33 have been opened till now. Pegging the damage at Rs 8,351 crore, Vijayan had called for help to rebuild the lives of people in the state.
While the state and the central government, the Army, Navy, NDRF and NGOs continue to work towards rescuing people, citizens can also contribute to help the affected people.
1. Contribute financially to the CM’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)
* You can contribute by paying through this link. It’s a simple, secure and easy process. Click here [donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in]
* Money can be contributed by cheque/DD or internet banking. In case you plan to send to mail a cheque/DD, you can address it to The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 1.
* If you choose to donate online, account details are as follows:
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
Name of Donee: CMDRF
2. Send essential items
* Apart from monetary help, you can also help the affected people by sending essential items that are needed in relief camps. Essential items include pulses, sleeping mats, lentils, water, food items, bleaching powder, milk powder, toiletries, sanitary napkins, towels, blankets among others.
* In Ernakulam, the district administration has joined hands with Anbodu Kochi, an NGO, and has rolled out an initiative called #DoForKerala.
* The collector of Kannur, in a Facebook post, requested people to join hands to help those displaced by Kerala floods. The essential items can be dropped or sent to Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002, Phone no. 9446682300, 04972700645. Online orders can be address to the Control Room in Kannur, the collector added.
* To help the affected people in Idukki, you can send the items either to the Collectorate or taluka control rooms — District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu PO, Kuyilimala, Idukki – 685603.
3. Drop-in campaigns
* Social media is flooded with messages extending help and support to those affected by torrential rainfall in Kerala. ‘#DoForKerala’, a campaign launched by an NGO on social media is facilitating collection points across the state where people can drop what they wish to offer.
* Corporates including Infosys and UST Global have also arranged collection points of relief materials.
Amazon India has tied up with NGOs to provide essential items to those stuck in the floods. To donate, log on to your amazon account and choose an NGO from a drop-down curated list. After selecting the NGO, you can select products across categories which you want to send across. Proceed to checkout and make the payment.
The diital wallet has Kerala icon on its homescreen, which will redirect you to the donation page.