(Photo by AFP)
(Photo by AFP)

Kerala is facing one of the worst natural calamities as heavy rains and floods have confirmed nearly 40 deaths and thousands have become homeless. More than 60,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps set up in different areas, including in Wayand, where over 14,000 people had been sheltered.

Terming the flood situation in Kerala following heavy rains as something never witnessed by the state since Independence, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced Rs 100 crore as an immediate central relief. While NGOs, State government, and Centre are contributing to the relief efforts, people can also contribute to help the people affected by the Kerala floods. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan urged people across the state and NRIs to contribute to the relief funds. He mentioned about the details for contributing to the CM’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Here are the details.

Name of Donee: CMDRF
Account number: 67319948232
Bank name: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFSC: SBIN0070028
PAN Detail: AAAGD0584M
Mailing address: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat Thiruvananthapuram -1.

The collector of Kunnur, in a Facebook post, asked people to donate some essential items for the victims. These include cooking utensils, dining utensils like plates, tumblers, basic household furniture like chairs, tables etc, storage containers, mugs, buckets, and footwear.  He also mentioned the address to which these items can be sent.
You can send these items to: Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002, Phone no. 9446682300, 04972700645.

The collector of Idukki has also asked for contributions and items. People can send them to District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P.O. Kuyilimala, Idukki, PIN – 685603. Essential materials which can be sent include bed sheets, blankets, towel, shirts, t-Shirt, saree, nighty, undergarments, tooth-brush, tooth-paste, toilet soap, bucket, mug, washing soap, washing powder, dettol, torch, led bulb, slippers foot wears, floor cleaning lotion, sanitary napkins, candles, gloves, face mask, umbrella, rain coats, spoons, sleeping mats, steel plates etc. Moreover, essential food items mentioned by Collector of Idukki include rice packets, drinking water, green gram, ground nut, salt, coconut oil, sambhar powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, sugar, tea powder, coconut, tinned foods.

The collectors of Wayanad and Ernakulam have also appealed to the public to donate essential items. They have mentioned the address where relief items can be donated. People can donate to the regional sports centre at Kadavanthra, Kerala from 9 am to 9 pm. Contact numbers for communication are 9809700000, 9895320567, 9544811555.

Moreover, social media is also filled with messages asking for help for victims of Kerala floods. A campaign has been launched named ‘#DoForKerala’ by Ernakulam district administration. Infosys and UST Global have also arranged collection points of relief materials. The team is collecting essential items from people. They will not accept used goods and cash. For further details, people can contact on 04714013939.

Various e-commerce portals are doing their bit to facilitate donations. Here’s how you can do your bit:
Flipkart: The online store has tied up with NGO Goonj, where people can provide monetary help. The money will be used to procure materials such as blankets and woollens, tarpaulins/ old flex and ropes, mosquito nets, dry ration (rice, pulses, spices, rava, tea, sugar), toiletries, cooking utensils, cookers, buckets and mugs, water purifier tablets, candles and matchboxes, solar lights, kids’ clothing, sarees, blouses, petticoat, lungis, bedsheets and curtains, new undergarments, slippers, toys and school material.
For details click here.

Amazon India: Amazon has tied up with four NGOs – Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, Goonj and Oxfam India. Clicking on the banner guides one to description page which mentions the donation wish lists. One can choose from the NGO they wish to donate, select products and add to cart, proceed to checkout and choose a payment method.
For details, click here.

Paytm: Paytm has partnered with the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. One needs to click on the ‘Kerala Floods’ icon either on the app or the desktop website. The only issue with Paytm is it will not provide any tax exemptions receipt.
For details, click here.

Big Basket: Big Basket has also tied with NGO Goonj to donate food to flood victims. Once you click on the homepage of Big Basket it will guide to ‘Kerala Flood Relief’ page. The page has a separate shopping list where one can pick a bundle of dry rations – rice, sugar, and dal.
For details, click here.

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