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Here’s how you can help the flood-hit people in Kerala

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Money can be transferred to CM’s disaster relief fund; there are many social media groups which can help you send relief materials to the state.

Bengaluru: Citizens across the country are using social media to support the relief and rescue efforts initiated in the flood-hit Kerala. Various state and central agencies, including the army, navy and the air force, are working on a war footing to shift people from critical zones to safer places and provide them food and shelter.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said, “For the people of Kerala, the road to recovery is going to be a long one. Your help, no matter how small, will be a step to restore normalcy.”

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an assistance of Rs 500 crore, the Kerala CM had requested an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore.

Here is how you can help the flood-affected people in this southern state.

Relief funds

The main recipient of funds from citizens is the Kerala Chief Minister Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF).

Account name: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Funds

Bank: State Bank of India

Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram

IFSC: SBIN0070028

PAN: AAAGD0584M

Account type: Savings

SWIFT Code: SBININBBT08

Website: http://www.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/ 

All donations are exempt from tax.

Helpline numbers

District helpline numbers are active and are the first point of contact for information and plea for aid. Numbers in WhatsApp-friendly formats are:

Citizen initiatives

Social media has brought out a number of citizen initiatives for rescue and aid in Kerala.

A master spreadsheet has been created by the people behind on the website.

This data can also be viewed on Google Maps, updated in real time with information on shelter, drinking water, helplines, medicines, transportation, essentials, and more here:

WhatsApp groups

Citizen rescue teams across districts have set up WhatsApp groups that are open to public to join.

Overall Kerala coordination team -1

Overall Kerala coordination team -2 

Wayanad 

Thrissur 

Idukki 

Kannur 

Kollam 

Kasargod 

Pathanamthitta 

Palakkad 

Alapuzha 

Kozhikode 

Malappuram 

Ernakulam 

Kottayam 

Trivandrum 

Kanyakumari 

Hashtags and Twitter accounts

All tweets and Facebook posts asking and offering help are collated under the hashtags: #KeralaFloods #KeralaSOS #KeralaRain #KeralaFloodRelief

Accounts actively tweeting about Kerala can be found on this twitter list:

https://twitter.com/sandygrains/lists/keralafloodsupdates

Tweets

Here are some tweets with contact information of volunteers on the ground:

Aluva

https://twitter.com/vinayaravind/status/1030699772728958977

Chengannur

https://twitter.com/vinayaravind/status/1030532769040855040

Ernakulam

https://twitter.com/la_ven_der_14/status/1030513814649720832

Citizens offering help are also following specific format for gathering rescue requests, like so:

Citizens have also been gathering relief from different cities on Twitter where those who are interested can contribute:

Brand initiatives

Amazon: Contribute goods to any of three NGOs — Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Goonj — by purchasing directly from Amazon here.

BigBasket: Contribute rice, dal, and sugar through the NGO Goonj here, with BigBasket contributing 20 per cent of the cost for this essential bundle.

Ola: For every private ride that is taken by non-corporates, Rs 5 is donated to CM’s Relief Fund

PayTM: Crowdfunding page for easy donation to CM’s Relief Fund: The organisation will also match contributions rupee for rupee. It has added an icon  ‘Kerala Floods’ on its mobile app and website.

PepsiCo: Relief camps are being provided with water and oatmeal.

https://twitter.com/Kerala_floods/status/1030502272172666881

NGOs and International aids

Khalsa Aid (UK)

Oxfam

Plan India 

Save the Children

With inputs from Rahiba Parveen and Regina Mihindukulasuriya

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