Kerala is witnessing its worst natural calamity since the year 1924. The rain fury has already claimed over 170 lives and destroyed roads and property en masse…
10 out of the 14 districts are submerged under water, 3 of them are already on red alert, the business city of Cochin has shut down its airport and metro services. To add to this, the rain continues unabated in several parts of the state.
Kochi international airport has been closed till August 26 and several train services from the state have been suspended. Many trains have been diverted due to the floods, landslides and submerged tracks.
Rescue operations and relief measures have been underway since August 8.
Despite the efforts of the armed forces and volunteers, several parts of the states still cannot be reached, and many people are stranded at roof tops, churches and other safe places, waiting for more help.
More than 80,000 people are currently housed in relief camps and several more are being brought in every minute.
Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Kannur, Ernakulam and Kollam are the most affected districts.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan along with several others have urged people to donate online to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
A majority of the 5 lakh strong Malayali community in Pune has decided to drop their Onam celebrations and contribute the money instead towards the relief fund.
Speaking to Pune365, Harinarayanan Kandanath, journalist and social worker working for the empowerment of the Malayali community in Pune says, “There are around 20 Malayali organisations including World Malayali Council, Lions Club of Pune Sapphire, Vishrantwadi Malayali Association, Chinchwad Malayali Samajam in Pune who have canceled their Onam programs to contribute for relief work in Kerala.
“ We Malayalis based in Pune are trying our best to help the people of Kerala in every way possible.
We will be sending medicines, blankets, medical equipment, clothes for children, food essentials etc to the state as soon as transport connectivity is made feasible.
Meanwhile, we are helping our home state with financial aid and hence we appeal to the people in the city to contribute money for relief to the World Malayali Council, Pune province account which will be transferred to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
Donations Can Be Made to World Malayalee Council, Pune Province: PNB account no: 4518000100006104, IFSC Code: PUNB0451800
We will be soon sending a team of medical experts and volunteers to Kerala along with all the donations collected.”
Representatives from the Alleppees Kerala Restaurant are also collecting Soaps, Towels, Dresses, Blankets, Sanitary pads and other useful products at their Tathawade, Pimpri-Chinchwad outlet which will be transported to Kerala by a city based NGO, Goonj on Sunday.
“People are requested not to donate used items in the donation box. We will be sending the collectives to Kerala on Sunday that will reach the Kerala border hopefully in a week, considering most trunk routes are inundated ,” says Anish Gopinath, owner, Alleppees Kerala Restaurant.
Advocate KM Roy, District coordinator, Lions Club International, Pune says that they are currently urging people to contribute money to the relief fund but from Sunday onwards, they will be collecting donations in kind at the Lions Club district office that will be then transported to Kerala free of cost.
Lions club international have announced a donation of $50000 to the disaster fund.
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