Volunteers serve food to people who have left their flood affected homes and taken refuge at a relief camp on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, India, Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Image Credit: AP

Abu Dhabi: Many Emiratis and other non-Indian residents, including Pakistanis, in Abu Dhabi are frequently visiting the Kerala Social Centre (KSC) in the capital, asking what they can do for the flood victims, a community leader said. “This proves that the UAE community has taken up the Kerala flood relief as its own cause, following the initiatives taken by the UAE rulers for Kerala,” Saleem Cholamukath, auditor and media coordinator at the KSC.

He said when residents see the board of the KSC, they feel that it is the place they can express their solidarity and donate something. “Since we stopped collecting goods and we are not authorised to collect cash, we give them the details of the Kerala chief minister’s relief fund,” Cholamukath said.

Most of the visitors are Emiratis, followed by Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Nepalese, other Arabs and then people of other nationalities, he said.


How to contribute money

You can directly remit money to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund through banks or money exchange houses.

Log on to https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/#donation (It accepts Visa, Mastercard, Rupay debit/credit cards and channels of 50 banks for internet banking)

Bank: State Bank of India
Account number: 67319948232
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFSC: SBIN0070028
Account type: Savings
Name of donee: Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund