Following heavy rains and flooding in Kerala, many have come forward to contribute towards the flood relief measures.

Help pours in for Kerala DMK to give Rs 1 cr Lulu group Rs 5 cr for flood relief
news Kerala Flood Relief Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 14:07

On Sunday, DMK Working President MK Stalin announced a contribution of Rs 1 crore on behalf of the party towards the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, while the Lulu Group in Kerala said it will contribute Rs 5 crore.

An official release issued by the DMK stated that following the incessant rains and subsequent flooding in Kerala, many people have been impacted and properties worth crores have been affected. In view of the same, on behalf of the DMK, the party’s working president MK Stalin would donate Rs 1 crore for the relief fund. 

Announcing the contribution of Rs 5 crore towards the flood relief efforts, the Lulu Group Chairman and Managing Director MA Yussuf Ali said, “This is one the worst times for Kerala and my heart goes out to the people who’s suffering are beyond imagination. I just pray and hope that we all come together at these testing times, and do whatever we can to bring some solace to the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters (sic).”

Earlier on Saturday, actors Suriya and Karthi had announced that they would be contributing Rs 25 lakh towards the Kerala flood relief fund.

 An official statement issued by their team read, “In immediate response to the devastating scenario in Kerala due to heavy floods, actors Suriya and Karthi have come forward to contribute a total sum of Rs 25,00,000 to Kerala Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund.”

In addition to the sibling duo, actor-politician Kamal Haasan too contributed Rs 25 lakh towards the flood relief efforts.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to his official Facebook page to state: “Kamal Haasan has understood the unprecedented situation in Kerala due to the floods and has given Rs 25 lakh to the relief fund. Vijay TV has also contributed Rs 25 lakh.”

Additionally, it has also been reported that the Nadigar Sangam has donated Rs 5 lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.

The monsoon in Kerala this year has impacted numerous districts severely, with at least 37 lives lost due to rain-related incidents, including several landslides impacting parts of the state.

The opening of the five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam in Idukki district led to waters flooding a number of shops and settlements along the banks of the river. Relief camps have been set up in many districts across the state, with 500 camps opened in Ernakulam district alone.

As of Sunday, the water level in the Idukki dam had decreased and stood at 2,399.28 feet. But district authorities said that the decision to close down the five shutters will be taken at a later date depending on the amount of rains.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged places with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is slated to arrive here on Sunday afternoon.

Also read: Explainer: How flood waters are being managed in Idukki’s Cheruthoni dam

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