Kerala state is reeling in the aftermath of one of the heaviest monsoons in the recent past, and the red alert is still in place in 11 out of 14 districts.
In all, 33 lives have been lost in rain-related calamities in the month of August alone, and several thousand people have been shifted to relief camps across the state earlier this week.
Overseeing the rescue operations in flood-hit areas, the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that what the state now needs to concentrate on is to help people rebuild their lives. For this purpose, the CM urged compassionate people across the state as well as Non-Resident Indians (NRI) to contribute to the CM's distress relief fund.
While the state and the central government, the Army, Navy, NDRF and others continue to work towards rescuing people, you can also do your bit to help the affected people.
You can (generously) contribute to the CM's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). If you choose to mail a cheque/DD, you can send them to:
The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund,
Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram - 1.
If you choose to make the donation online, account details are as follows:
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Not just financial contribution, but you can also help the affected people by sending essential items that they need at the relief camps they are currently living in.
In Ernakulam, the district administration has joined hands with Anbodu Kochi, an NGO, and has rolled out an initiative called #DoForKerala.
Essential items, including pulses, lentils, water, food items such as rusk, rice, salt, tea powder, and dettol, bleaching powder, etc. are being collected at the Regional Sports Centre in Kadavanthara. Are you in Kochi? Head to Kadavanthara and contribute in kind!
The items may be delivered to the Iritty taluk office in the district (contact: 9645216958) or Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur (04972700645).
If people cannot contribute the items in person, they may also place an order through any online portal and send it addressed to the Control Room, the collector added.
You can contribute to the Wayanad Relief Fund by transfering contributions to:
A/C No: 520101255240506
Bank name: Corporation Bank
You can also send materials including drinking water, new clothes, rice, biscuits, notebooks, pencils, pens, school bags, sanitary napkins, footwear and other household items to: District Collector, civil station, Kalpetta - 673122, Wayanad district, Kerala. For further queries, contact Sandeep (9745166864) or Sebastian (9746239313).
To help the affected people in Idukki, you can send the items either to the collectorate or taluk control rooms (see Collector's Facebook post below for details of control rooms).
District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu PO, Kuyilimala, Idukki - 685603.