In one of the most destructive deluge, Kerala has seen in a century, over 324 lives have been lost due to excessive rain, landslides, and flood. At this moment, Kerala needs all the help it can get.
With the rain still going on and 35 of the 39 dams in the state open, the situation of the flood is still not giving any signs of respite. Currently, all districts in the state, except Kasargod and Thiruvananthapuram are under Red Alert.
The state had asked the Central government for an interim relief of Rs 2,000 crore to which the center has announced an amount of Rs 500 crore. Kerala estimates it has suffered damages of nearly Rs 20,000 crore so far due to the flood.
At this moment, Kerala needs all the help it can get.
Here is how you can contribute to the relief operations in Kerala:
1. Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund:
You can directly donate to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund or CMDRF through net banking, Cheque/DD or third party applications.
Donating through net banking:
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS code: SBIN0070028
- The donations can also be made by accessing the webpage- http://cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/
Address to sent cheque/DD:
The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
Donations to the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund are exempted from income tax as well as Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010.
2. Through Amazon application- Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, Goonj
Online shopping Amazon has introduced a new feature that allows people to contribute essentials to the affected people staying in the relief camps.
All you have to do is, open the app and scroll down where you can see a tab ‘Kerala needs your help’.
By clicking the tab, you will see options of 3 NGOs. Click on an NGO to browse their wish list. Add items to the cart and make payment. The items will be delivered to the respective NGO which they will supply to the camps.
NRIs and non-resident Malayalees can make use of this option to show their support.
3. By contributing directly to the various collection points in your city
You can contribute to the flood relief operations by chipping into the collection points held in your city.
It is advisable to make cash donations only to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and not to any other agency.
There are multiple collection points set up in cities all over India. You can donate clothes, medicines, sanitary napkins, ready-to-make food items, tea, coffee, sugar, and rice among others.
Avoid donating used and damaged clothes.
Cochin based Anbodu Kochi has set up a collection point in the Regional Sports Centre, Kadavanthra and is also taking part in the relief operations.
SBI waives all charges on remittance to CMDRF
The State Bank of India has decided to waive all charges on remittance to the CMDRF, penalty on non-maintenance of minimum account balance from proceeds of relief fund provided by the government and agencies and if already recovered, such charges would be refunded for customers in the state.
The bank has extended Xpress Credit to existing customers with relaxed norms for a month, deployed cash at PoS (Point of Sale) to enable people to avail Rs 2,000 to meet daily cash requirements across the state.
Persons who have lost or misplaced personal documents can open small accounts with only photos and signature or thumb impressions and all employees of SBI deployed to address requirements of the customers and ensure best possible service.
To find missing persons:
https://keralarescue.in/ will help in tracking missing persons as well as marking your location and requirements. The site also allows you to register as a volunteer.