Kerala has been undergoing a calamity because of incessant rains for the past 3 months and all 24 dams across the state have been opened which has been unprecedented in the history of Kerala. The state government has declared a state of alert, and rescue and rehabilitation operations have started extensively. Hundreds of families have been rescued to relief camps, though many still remain marooned in the flood hit areas. More than half of the 14 districts in Kerala have been put on high alert. People have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital (based on a report published on Reuters).
In recent years, Amazon India has worked with multiple agencies to provide immediate relief to citizens affected by natural calamities. The current events in Kerala call for our support to contribute to the communities affected. Amazon India is working in partnership with NGOs who are leading the disaster relief efforts in Kerala.
100 boxes of relief material
In-office donation booths were set up in Amazon India’s corporate offices in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. 100 boxes of relief material have been collected so far on these offices, which will will help over 300 families.
67 Lakh in monetary contribution
A monetary donation drive was set up on Amazon’s Employee Volunteering Portal. Till now, INR 12,000,00 have been donated by Amazon employees towards the cause and have gone to Oxfam India, Goonj and India Cares Foundation who are working on delivering immediate relief to the flood hit areas. The monetary donations continue to come in as the drive continues. A monetary donation from Amazon Cares of INR 30 lakhs has been made to NGO partner Habitat for Humanity to support their humanitarian efforts in the disaster affected areas. In addition an amount of 25 Lakhs was donated via Amazon Pay.
1100 drinking water bottles
Kochi has been hit with drinking water shortage because of stoppage of water pumping by Kerala Water Authority due to high turbidity in the water. Drinking water is being rationed to people and there is a shortage of drinking water in Kochi and nearby areas. To extend its support to the NGOs working there, Amazon has sent out 1100 of 5 litre drinking water bottles to be distributed in the affected cities of Kochi and Alwaye, reaching nearly 1000 people.
1,50,00,00 products donated
Amazon Cares also set up disaster relief gateway campaign, to allow customers to donate products through NGOs wish list. Nearly 1,50,00,00 products has been donated to the flood affected people with the help of NGOs namely Habitat For Humanity, Goonj, World Vision Foundation, Oxfam India.
To extend support to the Kerala Government in their relief efforts, Amazon also hosted the government’s wishlist on our home page.