Kerala floods : An overviewBy Saket Kumar Das
September 23, 2020
Kerala witnessed havoc in the form of floods that are said to be worse in a century.It rained continuously for five days that ravaged several parts of Kerala. More than 800 million people have been displaced with death tolls rising up to at least 370 and infrastructure losses pegged at almost $3 billion. Effected areas include Kannur, Kozhikode , Malappuram, Kochi.
Keeping in view the extend of damage done, the Union home ministry declared it as a calamity of severe nature of all practical purposes. Deaths, diseases and snake bites are being reported along with landslides. Declaring it as a calamity of severe nature will help in collecting more funds for relief operations.It is estimated that one-third of the roads have been damaged with losses to prominent airports as well.
Relief and rehabilitation
Relief and operations are on the way by the army and the NDRF teams.Relief materials including provisions, water and fuel have started arriving from different parts of the country.Maharashtra alone has sent 20 tonnes of supplies and a team of 100 doctors. A massive air relief and rescue operation is under process code-named “Operation Karuna” that drops necessities and lifts up people in distress. Fishermen from across Kerala have also come together to aid the relief effort.Prime Minister Modi announced a relief of 500 crores to the rescue operation after arriving Kerala on friday. The government has pledged $71m for flood victims.
Film stars , politicians and bureaucrats from all over the nation and contributing according to theirs capabilities. Facebook, twitters and other social media are playing their part in creating awareness and inducing the act of donation into the minds of common people as well.
This is how you can help
The CM’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)
CMDRF Account details:
Name of the donee: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Account Number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
Account type: Savings
SWIFT Code: SBININBBT08
All contributions to the fund are 100% tax exempt.
You can also contribute through the PayTM app. Online crowdfunding website Milaap has also set up a page for contribution . Click Here