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Rajinikanth donates Rs 15 lakh to Kerala CM’s relief fund for flood victims

Several other individuals including BJP lawmaker Varun Gandhi also donated to the CM’s relief fund. IAS officers in Kerala also contributed a day’s salary and automobile company Hyundai Motor donated Rs 1 crore to the CM’s relief fund.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2018 23:56 IST
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A boy swims through flood waters to crossover to his house on the outskirts of Kozhikode on August 17.(AFP Photo)

Contributions to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, Kerala, continued to pour in from Tamil Nadu with actor Rajinikanth donating Rs 15 lakh and director Shankar granting Rs 10 lakh for the flood victims, sources said on Saturday.

BJP MP Varun Gandhi also donated Rs 2 lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund and urged parliamentarians and MLAs across the country to make financial assistance to the state.

Varun Gandhi appealed to all lawmakers to rise above party lines and help the flood-ravaged state.

“With over 300 people dead and more than 3.14 lakh displaced, the devastating #KeralaFloods are truly a national calamity,” he said in a tweet.

“I appeal to all MPs and MLAs across the country to rise above party lines and contribute to the CM’s Relief Fund. I am doing so in my own small way,” the BJP MP wrote, along with a photo of the cheque he issued to Kerala CM’s relief fund.

IAS officers in Kerala, too, have decided to chip in by each contributing a day’s salary to the fund, a press release from the president of the Tamil Nadu IAS Officers Association PWC Davidar said.

Senior vice-president of automobile company Hyundai Motor India Stephen Sudhakar and the south zone - business head of the company Y S Chang Sr handed over a cheque for Rs one crore to the Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.

Indian Overseas Bank said it has decided to not levy any fee for contributions made to the relief fund account, a statement from the public sector bank said.

Kerala has been ravaged by torrential rains since August claiming hundreds of lives and rendering lakhs homeless.

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 9061566111
  • Idukki: +91 9383463036
  • Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
  • Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
  • Pathanamthitta: +91 807 8808915
  • Kollam: +91 944 7677800
  • Thiruvananthapuram: +91 949 7711281

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 20:05 IST