Make a difference by contributing towards the CM’s disaster relief fund for the ongoing disaster relief operations in Kerala

Dear Friends,

As some of you may already be aware of, Kerala is currently facing a major disaster owing to the heavy rains and the resultant unprecedent floods. The havoc has already caused immesurable devastation, causing a loss of 186 lives so far and rendering thousands homeless. For the first time in the history of Kerala, 27 dams in Kerala had to be opened, worsening the calamity even further.



The current estimate of the damages is as follows:
  • 164 lives lost
  • 33 of 39 dams opened
  • 12 of 14 districts severly affected and facing Red Alert (Alapuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod).
  • 2 districts facing orange alert (Thiruvananathapuram and Kollam)
  • Kochi Airport (Nedumbassery) closed for 4 days till 18 Aug 2018
  • 211 landslides
  • 10000 kilometers of roads destroyed
  • 20000 houses damaged or destroyed
  • Estimated loss of 8316 crores (preliminary estimate)
  • 15 bridges collapsed

The devastating rains still rages over the state and the above mentioned estimates are only rising. The government and the public certifies that this is the worst calamity of this sort the state has ever faced. The state’s recovery would take time and efforts of unimaginable scale, in spite of hundreds of state and central forces taking part in the relief operations and thousands of good samaritans contributing to the efforts.

The government of Kerala has opened up an online portal for financial support.
The portal accepts donations in all digital forms and any contribution through the portal is issued an immediate receipt and is 100% excempted from income tax as per IT rule section 80G(2)(iii hf). The other modes of payment are:
  • UPI ID: keralacmdrf@sbi
  • Cheque/DD in favour of: The Principal Secretary (Finance), Treasurer,Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
  • Bank Deposit / Transfer: State Bank Of India, City Branch Thiruvananthapuram, Account No: 67319948232,  IFSC: SBIN0070028
  • Bank Deposit / Transfer: South Indian Bank, Account Number: 0721053000002584, Branch: Corporate Branch, Thiruvananthapuram, IFSC: SIBL0000721
Details of Donee:
Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund
Address :Govt of Kerala
District: Thiruvananthapuram
State Kerala
Pin 695001
PAN: AAAGD0584M
Amazon has come forward to help and support Kerala floods relief operations by joining hands with certain NGOs. You can now purchase ready-to-use resources to support relief operations via amazon and send it through your preferred NGOs. Please use the link below to access the portal or login to Amazon and look for Kerala flood relief.
The Amazon link for contributions: https://amzn.to/2OLS2IL
The items required includes:
  1. Blankets
  2. Sanitary napkins
  3. Dress materials
  4. Under garments
  5. Packaged food items
  6. Rain coats
  7. Chappals/shoes
  8. And any other resources deem to you as beneficial for the operations.
You can also join the thousands already involved in the relief operations and make a difference through your contributions, however modest the amount be. I, on behalf of the people of Kerala request your wholehearted support towards the relief operations.

Sincerely,
Aswin.