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Mumbai: Various unions of the workers from State Transport (ST) corporation gave a donation of Rs 10 crore to the transport Diwakar Raote towards the Kerala flood relief. A cheque was to the Maharashtra CM’s Special Kerala Relief Fund. The entire ST staff donated their one day salary in support of the people of Kerala, as they will need resources to rebuild their lives. The entire amount was divided between the unions of workers and the transport ministry.

Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, has announced the Railways are now providing free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various State Government agencies, PSUs and other Government agencies.  Central Railway will collect contributions from salaries of staff and officers of August month and the proceeds will be remitted to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). Central Railway approximately 90,000 staff and officers on its roll.

It may be noted here that Central Railway has sent 14 wagons potable water to Kerala, besides sending 27,000 kg of relief material to Kerala by different trains originating from Central Railway. Bachchan donated Rs 51 lakhs and his personal belongings for Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who is known to be at the forefront of admirable causes and charitable initiatives has reportedly donated his personal belongings for Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund. The actor has contributed for Kerala Relief coordinated by Resul Pookutty for Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund. A close source to Resul Pookutty has said that Bachchan has not only donated ₹51 lakhs cash but he has also sent six cartons of his personal clothing and shoes. Pandhurpur Devasthan Trust has come forward and donated Rs 25 lakh towards Kerala flood relief. The Siddhivinayak Temple Trusts announced a ccontribution of Rs one crore towards Maharashtra CM’s Special Kerala Relief Fund.

Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Thursday decided to contribute Rs five crore towards the relief work in flood-hit Kerala. Chairman of the Trust, Dr Suresh Haware, made this announcement here on Thursday. “The SSST has decided to contribute Rs 5 crore to help the people of flood-affected Kerala. After obtaining permission from the Maharashtra government, a cheque would be handed over to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,” he said.

Indian Coast Guard efforts continue

Indian Coast Guard continues relief work in flood affected areas of Kerala utilising 36 Disaster Relief Teams comprised 575 personnel with 40 rubberised boats. The Relief team have evacuated around 3,500 persons and guided around 7,500 persons to safer locations. Approximately 40,000 food packets have also been distributed/ air dropped by the Relief team and utilising CG helicopters, to people at various flood affected locations. One additional Chetak helicopter from Goa has been sent to Kochi yesterday so as to speed up distribution of relief material to far flung areas. Today one Coast Guard Dornier aircraft from Daman carried essential items viz., 1,250 torches with batteries, 10,000 candles and clothes to Kochi for immediate distribution. Additionally, 110 tonnes of relief materials, viz., ration items, drinking water and essential medicines have been despatched from Mumbai and New Mangalore in a two Coast Guard ships, one of which has reached Kochi this morning and the other one would be reaching in the evening.

Coast Guard Headquarters, Kerala at Kochi set up Medical camp, wherein, 03 Service Medical Officers and 07 Civil Doctors (volunteers) with requisite emergency medicines in fully configured ambulance have been deployed at various locations. CG Relief team, Beypore also joined their hands in distributing the relief materials in co-ordination with state authorities in various flood affected areas.

Coast Guard Kerala State Headquarters at Kochi is maintaining a close liaison with NDMA and state authorities for providing co-ordinated assistance to all those affected by the floods.

Jet partners with NGOs with relief

Jet Airways has waived off air freight charges on all domestic cargo shipments of relief material to Kerala. The airline is also working closely with the state administration and several NGOs such as Resul Pookutty Foundation, Uday Foundation, The Art of Living, Karukapadath Charitable Trust, Rotary India, Doctors for You and Americares India among others, to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala.

Till date, Jet Airways has airlifted over 10 tonnes of relief material comprising medicines, clothes, baby food, rice and other provisions, milk powder, bed sheets, and linen to the flood ravaged state.

Vinay Dube, CEO, Jet Airways said, “Jet Airways takes great pride in standing united with the communities it serves. While our efforts to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the devastation in Kerala are small measures given the scale of the destruction, we are taking every possible step to help people recover from this life-altering tragedy.”

In addition to waiving off air freight charges, Jet Airways had already been capping its Economy fares on all of its non-stop domestic flights to/ from its operating destinations in Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Kochi) and Mangalore. The airline has also been operating additional flights on both domestic and international sectors for the added convenience of its guests. Effective 24th August, Jet Airways will operate daily flights to the Naval airfield at Kochi from Bengaluru.

Jet Airways has extended the waiver for guests holding confirmed tickets and travelling into and out of Cochin till 29th August, 2018. As per the waiver, date/ flight change fee from the original travel date or choosing alternate destination which is close to Cochin airport, refund, no-show penalties and fare difference if any due to the closure of the Cochin airport have been waived off. Guest can change dates up to 15th September, 2018 from the original travel date.

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