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Facebook donates Rs 1.75 crore for Kerala flood victims

Facebook will donate the money through the Community Resilience Fund for GOONJ -- a Delhi-based non-profit organisation that is leading the relief and recovery efforts in the impacted localities.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 19:19 IST
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An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala on August 19.(REUTERS)

Social networking giant Facebook is donating $250,000 (nearly Rs 1.75 crore) for relief work in Kerala, which has been battered by torrential rains, floods and landslides, leaving over 300 dead amid massive destruction, the company said on Monday.

Facebook will donate the money through the Community Resilience Fund for GOONJ -- a Delhi-based non-profit organisation that is leading the relief and recovery efforts in the impacted localities.

“In the last few days, Facebook along with the power of the community, has helped reach out to people through features such as Live, creating Page, joining community and raising funds,” a Facebook spokesperson told IANS.

“The smallest of all things we have done is that our global community has contributed $250,000 for Goonj fund,” she added.

Kerala has seen unabated rains since August 8, causing one of the worst floods in its history that has until now claimed over 300 lives and rendered thousands homeless.

People across Facebook have created “Groups”, “Live Videos” and “Pages” to raise funds to mobilise support and help the worst affected.

The groups created include those facilitating communication and relief to victims, such as coordinating transportation and medical attention; IT professionals gathering information about people who need to be rescued and sharing it with emergency officials and doctors who are offering medical tips to those affected by the floods.

On August 9, the Facebook community activated its feature “Safety Check”, allowing people to let their friends and family know that they were safe.

The “Help and the Crisis Donate Button” on the platform has garnered more than 1,300 posts from the affected areas. The posts were asking for help and also for offering things like shelter, food, water, transportation and volunteer work.

So far, nearly 500 people have donated using the Crisis Donate Button.

Importantly, several people who were left stranded used Facebook Live to ask for rescue after being unable to reach authorities.

More than 1,200 people have used Facebook’s “Community Help” to ask for and request help, including food, water, transportation and shelter.

The disaster maps on Facebook have helped National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and relevant NGOs to mobilise rescue and support efforts.

These Maps track people’s movement and demarcate between the affected (flood-hit) and safe zones. This has also helped the government to identify places, where rescue and relief is required.

TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE KERALA GOVERNMENT’S RELIEF FUND:
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
PAN: AAAGD0584M
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Kerala helpline numbers
Kasargode: +91 9446601700
Kannur: +91 944 6682300
Kozhikode: +91 944 6538900
Wayanad: +91 807 8409770
Malappuram: +91 938 3463212
Malappuram: +91 938 3464212
Thrissur: +91 944 7074424
Thrissur: +91 487 2363424
Palakkad: +91 8301803282
Ernakulam: +91 790 2200400
Ernakulam: +91 790 2200300
Alappuzha: +91 477 2238630
Alappuzha: +91 949 5003630
Alappuzha: +91 949 5003640
Idukki: +91 906 1566111
Idukki: +91 938 3463036
Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
Pathanamthitta: +91 807 8808915
Kollam: +91 944 7677800
Thiruvananthapuram: +91 949 7711281

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 19:18 IST