Kerala flood fury: Death toll rises to 324 (Photo: PTI)
Kerala flood fury is wiping out lives and washing away properties at an alarming rate. The calamity has already claimed 324 lives, while many marooned villages and suburbs are still left hanging. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for help to rebuild lives of people in the state under the Kerala CM Distress Relief Fund.
With torrential rains increasing its momentum, the situation is only worsening to a grimmer level. The flight operations at Kochi International airport have been suspended till Saturday and many trains have been fully or partially cancelled. The escalating floods have disarrayed road transport services. The power supply, communication systems and distribution of pure drinking water have been completely ravaged.
“At this of point of time, nothing can help as much as money,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said earlier this week.
Those who wish to help can send essential relief items such as mattresses, toiletries, medicines, food, furniture, and clothes can contact the emergency operations centre at the district collectorates. The toll-free number is 1077.
Any amount of financial assistance can be provided towards the Kerala CM Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). The donations are exempted from income tax as well as the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. The payment procedure is simple and secure.
Here is how you can make a financial contribution online:
Step 1: Log on to donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in
Step 2: Click on the donate menu
Step 3: Fill the Online Donation Form providing basic information such as email Id, name and phone number
Step 4: You will be redirected to a payment gateway where you can pay through netbanking, credit cards or debit cards.
Step 5: You may be asked to verify using a captcha code.
Step 6: After a successful transaction, a notification will be displayed on the screen. It will be sent to your email address too. The notification includes a certificate from the principal secretary (finance) and 100 per cent tax exemption certificate
Account details for online donation
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Financial contribution by cheque/DD
A cheque or a demand draft can be sent to this address:
The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
Unified Payments Interface and QR codes
The two modes can be used by donors with South Indian Bank, Federal Bank, and SBI accounts
Your small donation can help save a life!