Published: 30 Aug, 2018 Nidhi Singh
With rescue operations almost coming to an end in the flood-ravaged state of Kerala, the focus has now shifted to relief and rehabilitation. The southern state of India, Kerala is facing its worst floods in nearly a century which has left at least 400 people dead, and forced lakhs of people out of their homes. The Centre has declared this calamity of ‘severe nature’. It was in the history of Kerala that 35 of the 39 dams, including the 123-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam, have been opened. The condition is gruesome with over 1 million people, including 2.12 lakh women and 1 lakh children below 12 years of age, taking shelter in 3,200 relief camps and a damage of $ 3 billion.
In this crucial time, Kerala needs our help along with prayers and empathy. We need to come forward as a human race, and contribute in the ways we can. For those, who want to make monetary contributions, there are a number of methods and means open to you and here is all that you need to know about donating for Kerala flood victims:
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Monetary contributions can be made directly to the Kerala government’s bank account with the State Bank of India.
Account-Holder name: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Bank: State Bank of India
Account Number: 67319948232
Branch: City Branch, Trivandrum
There is a provision to make donations via:
- Real-Time Mobile Payments Interface – UPI
- Mobile Wallets
- Internet Banking
- Demand Drafts
There is also an online donation channel, the link of which is pasted below where VISA, Mastercard, Rupay, and other international cards, besides net banking are accepted to make the payments.
Easy Contribution through Paytm
The mobile-payments platform, Paytm has added a “donate” icon to the home screen of its app and website via which money can be transferred in Kerala flood relief fund.
To make the donation through Paytm click here.
The food delivery and restaurant search and discovery service, Zomato has collaborated with Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation and has launched ‘Help Kerala’ feature on its app. Through the app, one can donate food from one of the three meal packages, costing a meal for three at Rs 90, a meal for six at Rs 180 and a meal for ten people at Rs 300. Zomato will deliver meals to the victims with the help of the vans and boats.
To make the donation through Zomato click here.
The e-commerce giant, Flipkart, has tied up with Goonj to help flood victims. Monetary donations made on Flipkart by people will be used by Goonj to procure blankets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, dry rations, toiletries, cooking utensils, and more. Users can donate by clicking on the banner ad for Kerala donations on the Flipkart app or its website.
Cab service provider, Uber has also stepped up in Kochi to offer free transportation service to the nearest relief camp for people who wished to donate products but were unable to. The user can choose the option ‘flood relief’ on the Uber app, following which an Uber driver will pick up the products from the users location and deliver it to the nearest relief camp.
Another online payment app, Simpl is also helping one donate in Kerala. All the donations made through the Simpl app will be routed to the CMDRF.
The business world giant, Apple has added donation buttons to the Apple.com homepage and to iTunes to encourage users to make one-time donations to Kerala relief efforts. Customers can donate in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 tiers and Apple ensured that 100 percent of the donation amount will go directly to Mercy Corps India.
The mobile network leader in India, Vodafone has also come forward to help Kerala flood relief efforts. The company has created a separate page for donation on its website, where the users can make their contributions.
E-commerce giants like Amazon (India) and BigBasket have also come forward to help Kerala and is allowing the shoppers to choose items to donate, pay for them, and place the order. The portals have separately created a list of products that have urgent requirements in Kerala like sanitary napkins, soap, batteries, and water purifiers. Amazon India has also tied up with relief organisations Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Goonj, and Oxfam India and offering the opportunity to people not residing in India to make donations as well. The grocery shopping app BigBasket has also tied up with Goonj.
Monetary contributions can also be made directly to the relief organisations working in Kerala. You can reach out to the below mentioned relief groups and make donations through the links provided in front of their names.
Local Collection Centres
Individuals and groups in all major cities across India are also organising collection drives. These groups are sending supplies to Kerala. The most common ones are:
Note: Contributions to the relief fund are exempt from taxation under India’s Income Tax Act.
Our endeavour was to provide you with the most authentic information on how to donate for Kerala relief victims. However, we would suggest to check the authenticity of the portal/platform through which you decide to make the donations. Please come forward, and help Kerala rebuild and become better.