Kerala floods have taken away lives of many people while others remain trapped, missing, stranded or displaces in relief camps. This calamitous time has led the government to form the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund for donations to rescue and provide relief operations. Major companies like Amazon, Facebook, BigBasket, Zomato, Ola, Truecaller, and other have come to make their contribution to provide help.
Google has activated its Person Finder Tool and is highlighting a feature called Plus Code which would help rescue teams find the exact location of a person. The company has also pinned a list of centres on Maps that are proving rescue operation and basic necessities. Facebook has partnered with an NGO called GOONJ and has gone live with its Safety Check feature. Facebook India page also prompts users to donate to GOONJ or CMDRF.
Amazon India has partnered with various NGO’s and is urging its customers to donate necessary goods asked by these NGO’s by purchasing products and choosing an NGO of their choice ensuring that goods are being sent to selected relief camps.
Paytm has activated a Kerala flood donation button that is linked to CMDRF’s account. By updating the app to the latest version, this button can be found on the home page itself.
Zomato has partnered with the Akshaya Patra foundation to donate food t Kerala victims. The company has activated a “Help Kerala” banner in the “Order Food Online” section. If the banner is not visible, you can change your location to Angamali, Kochi to see the page.
Truecaller has linked its platform with CMDRF. In order to use Truecaller Pay, you will first need to link your bank account’s UP ID.
BigBasket has partnered with GOONJ and other major telecommunication companies like Airtel, Jio, Idea and others have extended bill payments for customers in the state, have launched toll-free numbers that can aid them and have provided emergency talk time and data facilities.