As thousands of people across the country are mobilising to deliver supplies and other help to Kerala’s flood victims, some others have taken to spreading hate on social media. When news of the floods first hit, some people theorised that the natural disaster was holy retribution for allowing women into the Sabarimala temple. Others encouraged their followers to either only donate to Kerala’s Hindus, or not donate at all since the state is home to Muslims and Christians, is run by a communist government, is home to beef fry and several other communal reasons.
In the midst of all this, Poojan Sahil decided to release a song to remind people of what’s at stake and what we, as citizens, should be doing in this time of crisis.
For those interested in donating to help Kerala’s rehabilitation efforts, Sahil has also compiled a list of organisations that are accepting donations and helping deliver aid to affected people across the state.
If you want to contribute directly to the CMDRF: Money can be contributed through cheque or online transfer. Details for both on this link: https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/
If you wish to make a bank transfer:
CMDRF Account details:
Name of the donee: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Account Number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
Account type: Savings
SWIFT Code: SBININBBT08
All contributions to the fund are 100% tax exempt.
Additionally, several retailers including Amazon, Big Basket and Zomato have set up systems allowing users to donate directly through their websites and apps.
You can read Poojan Sahil’s blog here and follow him on Instagram @poojansahil
Featured image credit: PTI