Kerala has been reeling under massive floods and 37 people have lost their lives, while over 60,000 people have been rendered homeless.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited the flood-affected areas in the state and appealed to all political parties and organisations to help Kerala at this critical hour. He also announced an additional sum of Rs 100 crore as relief fund.

While NGOs, state governments and the Centre are doing all they can to help the people in Kerala, you can also do your bit by donating money and other essential items.

Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited the affected areas on Saturday, urged people across the state as well as NRIs to contribute to the relief fund.

He released a statement asking for help and gave details for contributing to the CM‘s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). You can send money by cheque/DD or internet banking. Here are the details:

Name of Donee: CMDRF

Account number :2

Bank: State Bank of India

Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram

IFSC: SBIN0070028

PAN detail: AAAGD0584M

Mailing address: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,

Chief Minister‘s Distress Relief Fund,Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram -1

Collector of Kannur, in a Facebook post, asked people to donate these essential items other than the financial help.

*Cooking utensils and Dining utensils like plates, tumblers etc

*Basic household furniture (chairs , tables etc)

*Containers for storing rice and other food items at home

*Footwear

*Mugs, buckets

You can send these items to:

Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002, Phone no.,5

Collector Idukki has also asked for contributions and the items

People can send items at District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P O, Kuyilimala, Idukki, PIN – 685603.

District collectors of Wayanad and Ernakulam have also appealed to the public to donate money and other essential items.

Social media is flooded with messages supporting campaign for collection of relief materials to be transported to the people living in the flood-hit areas.

A campaign has been launched on social media platforms “#DoForKerala” by Anbodu Kochi, a social media collective in association with Ernakulam district administration. As many as four collection points have been arranged by the group in the city, namely, Weavers Village in Rosscote Lane, opposite Trivandrum Club and Sri Mulam Club at Vazhuthacaud and B‘hub, Mar Ivanios Vidyanagar, Nalanchira. People can the district coordinators by calling on the numbers,,.

“Infosys and UST Global have also arranged collection points of relief materials,” said Sobha Viswanath, founder of Weavers Village. The team is collecting bed sheets, sleeping mats, blankets, clothes, bathing towel, rusk, biscuits, water (only 20 litre cans), rice, sugar, salt, tea or coffee powder, pulses, packed provisions, ORS packets or electrolytes, water purifying chlorine tablets, antiseptic lotion, mosquitoes repellents, anti-fungal powder, bleaching powder or lime powder, baby diapers, adult diapers, sanitary napkins, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, washing soap, candles, matchboxes, school bag, notebooks, pencil box and pens. They will not accept used goods and cash. For further details people may : Weavers Village at the number9.
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