Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 17: As the flood situation in Kerala has gone from bad to worse, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided over an emergency meeting and ensured relief measures for those affected by the calamity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the rescue operations and discussed the flood situation across the state in a telephonic conversation with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Downpour in Parts of Maharashtra Amid IMD Red Alert, High Tide of 4.5 Seen; Walls Collapse in Thane

Five units of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were sent to Thiruvananthapuram on Friday morning to begin the rescue operations. About 35 teams will be deployed later in the day, news agency ANI reported. With the death toll reaching 167, the Kerala government has alerted the schools to shut down. Moreover, the 1067 relief camps, set up in various parts of the state, accommodated more than 1.5 lakh people.

Red alerts were issued to all the districts in the State and the weather department forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall till August 18. Since the floods have resulted in a huge loss, the excise duty of foreign liquor made in India was increased to generate revenue.

CM Vijayan has requested help from various parts of the country since the situation in the state is worsening. He tweeted, “Saving their lives was our priority. Now it is our duty to help them rebuild it. Contribute generously to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.” Congress president Rahul Gandhi also requested people to step up and contribute generously to the CM’s relief fund.

Donations towards Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) can be made by following the steps below:

1. Visit the website

2. Click on the donate menu to fill the Online Donation Form.

3. Enter your email ID, name, phone number and other details.

4. The page will redirect you to a payment gateway. Now you can pay through net banking, credit card or debit card.

5. You will receive a notification on the display and on your email address if the payment made is successful.

Contributions can be made through Cheques or Demand Drafts. Below is the address to send the cheque/ DD:

The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695001

Unified Payments Interface and QR codes are listed for South Indian Bank, Federal Bank and SBI. Following is the account details in order to donate online:

Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
Name of Donee: CMDRF

Some celebrities even took to Twitter a challenge on Kerala donation in a bid to obtain more financial assistance.