Kerala floods: Reliance Foundation to donate Rs 21 crore and relief aid worth around Rs 50 crore.

Kerala floods: Reliance Foundation to donate Rs 21 crore and relief aid worth around Rs 50 crore.

In view of the devastating floods in Kerala, Reliance Foundation on Tuesday said it will donate Rs 21 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and provide relief material worth around Rs 50 crore to assist the people affected by the torrential rains.

Speaking about the organization’s “multi-pronged disaster response program”, Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani said in a statement: “The foundation stands firmly with the people of Kerala in this hour of need. It will remain committed to its relief and rehabilitation efforts and continue its operations in Kerala until normalcy is restored in the state.”

According to the statement, the organization has been carrying out rescue and relief operations since 14 August in six of the 14 affected districts of Kerala — Ernakulam, Wayanad, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Idukki and Pathanamthitta.

“The team is supporting the rescue operations by providing critical updates on weather and locations of temporary shelters via Reliance Foundation Information Services. It is also providing toll-free helpline numbers to the state disaster management authorities,” the statement read.

The foundation has also identified 15,000 families affected by the floods to provide them dry ration kits, utensils, shelter, shoes, and clothes.

Through Reliance Retail, it provided supplies such as ready-to-eat food, glucose and sanitary napkins to 160 government-run relief camps, which are sheltering around 50,000 people.

Reliance Foundation has also handed over relief material, weighing around 2.6 metric tonnes, to the Government of Maharashtra, which will be transported to Kerala by air. A total of 7.5 lakh units of apparel, 1.5 lakh pairs of footwear as well as dry groceries are being mobilized for distribution to the affected people in Kerala.

The latest spell of monsoon fury began in Kerala on 8 August, causing one of the worst floods in its history of the state. As the humanitarian crisis unfolded in the southern state, relief poured in from across the country, with several states, corporate entities, and individuals, donating aid.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, rains, floods, and landslides in Kerala have killed 373 people since 30 May in Kerala. Over 10 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and one lakh children under 12, have been sheltered in 3,200 relief camps.

How to donate towards Kerala flood relief efforts:

Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) accepts voluntary contributions from Individuals, Organizations, Trusts, Companies, and Institutions, etc. All contributions towards CMDRF are exempt from Income Tax under section 80(G).

Donations now accepted through UPI mobile app like BHIM, paytm, Tez, Phonepe also.

(VPA : [email protected]) / Scan the QR Code to donate

For Bank Counter Payment

Beneficiary Name : Principal Secretary (Fin), Treasurer CMDRF

Bank Name : State Bank of India (SBI)

Account Number : 67319948232

Branch : City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram

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How many countries have offered assistance to Kerala?

Besides UAE, Maldives, Qatar and Thailand have offered monetary support for relief operations in Kerala. While Maldives, whose ties with India is at an all-time low, has offered $50,000, Qatar has offered about Rs 35 crore.

How many countries have offered assistance to Kerala?

Besides UAE, Maldives, Qatar and Thailand have offered monetary support for relief operations in Kerala. While Maldives, whose ties with India is at an all-time low, has offered $50,000, Qatar has offered about Rs 35 crore.

UAE, which houses a number of migrant workers from Kerala, has offered an assistance worth Rs 700 crore. Its Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has also instructed the immediate formation of a national emergency committee tasked with providing relief assistance to the people affected by the floods in Kerala.

However, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said: “In line with the existing policy, the Government is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts.”

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