The floods in Kerala are intensifying by the day. With fresh spells of rains being predicted by the MET department, there seems to be no respite for the residents of the state.
With over 60,000 people rendered homeless and the death toll rising, this is being called one of the worst floods the State has witnessed. In this trying time, we have been bringing you stories of remarkable heroes lending a hand, or rescuing the trapped, wherever possible.
You can read about Vishnu Kachhawa, the generous blanket merchant from Madhya Pradesh who donated his entire stock to relief work here and about Kanayya Kumar, a brave official who saved a child minutes before disaster here.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that all those passports that have been damaged or been lost due to the floods would be replaced free of cost. The Karnataka government donated ₹10 crore and Tamil Nadu ₹5 crore towards the relief work.
While the Centre and other states have been coming forward to help Kerala, many of our readers have been writing to us asking us how they can be of help.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, appealed to people to make contributions to the CM’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
GiveIndia and The Better India have come together to help Rebuild Kerala by supporting 41,000 affected families. You too can be a part of this movement and help us raise funds for the NGOs working to rehabilitate these families. If all of us come together with a small monthly contribution, we can make a real and meaningful difference in helping restore normalcy to those who need our help the most.
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Here’s how to do that:
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
PAN detail: AAAGD0584M
Mailing address: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram -1
You can also donate the following essential items:
• Cooking utensils and dining utensils like plates and tumblers
• Household furniture like chairs and tables
• Rice and other pulses and cereals
• Containers for storing rice, other pulses and cereals
• Mugs and buckets
• Sanitary napkins
• First Aid medicines/kits
• Candles and matchboxes
• Packaged food
These can be sent to – Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002, Phone no. 94466 82300, 04972700645.
To help mobilise these resources a social media campaign #DoForKerala was launched by Anbodu Kochi, a social media collective in association with Ernakulam district administration.
Besides these, four collection points have been set up throughout the city of Kochi. People can contact the district coordinators by calling on these numbers 9809700000, 9895320567, and 9544811555.
If you know of any other organisation working towards helping the flood victims, do mail us their details, and we will put it out. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)
Cover Photo: Nandan Kaikeri