Kerala floods: Collection centres set up for affected people

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the city residents playing good samaritan to extend help in the flood-affected areas, social media is flooded with messages supporting campaign for collection of relief materials to be transported to the people living in these areas.
Collection points have been arranged for people to drop their contribution by many NGOs and other organisations.

It has been only two days that a group of city residents uploaded a post on social media informing that they will be sending goods to flood affected areas and the team will be ready to send their first consignment on Monday. Coordinated by Rights, an NGO, the group has been collecting bed sheets, mats, drinking water, sanitary napkins, diaper, antiseptic lotion, medicines, clothes, biscuits and ORS at its office at CS Road in Jagathy.

“We have been informed by the at Idukki that relief materials are needed at seven camps in Adimali. Our first package will leave for the tribal settlement area on Monday. The packages are transported through , which announced free transportation of relief materials,” said Ajay Kumar, executive director of Rights.

Meanwhile, Indus Cycling Embassy in association with CET Cycling Club has extended support to the initiative of the team by collecting materials from different points within 10 km radius in the city.

Another campaign has been launched in social media “#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,,.

“There is good response from people. The only challenge is coordination between groups, which is being managed through social media groups. We have been informed that 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, tooth brushes, soap, washing soap, candles, match box, 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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