Kerala Flood Relief
Unusually high rainfalls have lead to a flood crisis in Kerala state of India. Following the death of over 350 people, rescue efforts have evacuated over 33,000 people, while more than 1.2 million people have found shelter in relief camps. There are various channels through which we can donate for the relief works.
While many factors are at play, including unregulated development and mining works in the Western Ghats regions of Kerala, the combined man-made and natural disaster has left many people homeless and without basic necessities. Help is pouring in from all corners, and we can do our bit by donating.
Social Service Group, IIM Kozhikode
As the name says it, you can contribute towards the flood relief fund set up by the Social Service Group at IIM Kozhikode, a renowned business school in Kerala. Bank details for transferring money are as follows:
- Account Name: Social Service Group
- SSG Account Number: 20020295558
- IFS Code: SBIN0010565
- BHIM ID – 9674217616@upi (Contact number of Nikunj M)
The official Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)
The losses in the state are estimated to be 20,000 crores. One can donate to the CM’s relief fund as per following details:
- Name of Account: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
- Account Number: 67319948232
- Bank: State Bank of India
- Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
- IFSC Code: SBIN0070028
- PAN: AAAGD0584M
- Account type: Savings
- SWIFT Code: SBININBBT08
Website Link : CMDRF Donation Website
Government district collection centres
All 14 district in Kerala are on high alert. Collection centres have been set up in most districts for relief and rescue works.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
Kannur: Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002
Phone: (9446682300, 04972700645)
Wayanad: District Collector, Collectorate, Kalpetta, Wayanad
Phone: (0469 204151, 9745166864, 9746239313)
Idukki: District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P O, Kuyilimala, Idukki – 685603
Fund-raising by Crowdfunding Platforms
Collection Centres by Goonj
Offices of Goonj in cities like Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Solan, Bangalore, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jalandhar, Mohali, Hyderabad, Telengana, Rishikesh and Kolkata are open from Monday to Saturday. You can find the complete list of Goonj collection centres here.
The collection centres also take material in bulk from corporates, schools, and from individuals. Timings are generally from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. I had personally donated clothes earlier at Mumbai (Santa Cruz) centre and the collection was very systematic. Would be headed to the Gurgaon centre this week.
Other NGOs Working on Flood Relief Materials
Anbodu, a Kochi-based NGO is not collecting money, but collecting relief materials like drinking water, ORS packets, toiletries, bags, sleeping mats, ready-made food, clothes, utensils and blankets. You can find details of their collection centres and other updates on the Instagram page of Anbodu.
Anbodu has also started rescue call centers to help the victims, with the contact numbers 8592933330, 9207703393.
Other Startups and Payment Platforms working on Kerala Flood Relief
Volunteers of Khalsa India Aid in Kochi are serving cooked meals, while BigBasket has partnered with Goonj.
Amazon has partnered with world Vision India, Habitat for Humanity and Goonj, while Paytm is accpeting exclusive donations through it’s app. Oxfam India is supporting the on ground relief and rescue operations as well.
Other active platforms providing relief through their core competencies are Google Tez, Ola, Google Finder, Facebook, BigBasket.
If you have suggestions for other channels and agencies who are offering help for Kerala Floods, kindly share your inputs in the comments.