New Delhi: After US tech giant Apple, American multinational technology company Google will also contribute $1 million (nearly Rs 7 crore) to the relief and restoration work in Kerala which has been battered by severe floods. Speaking to IANS, Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Southeast Asia and India at the Google for India event said,”Google.org and Googlers will contribute $1 million to the relief work in Kerala.”
Google Crisis Response team has launched several measures to help victims of Kerala floods. Among other measures, it activated the “person finder” tool that fetched 22,000 records, Anandan said.
Earlier on Saturday Apple had announced to donate Rs 7 crore towards the ongoing relief work. “We’re heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala. Apple is donating Rs 7 crore to support the life saving work Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund are undertaking to support survivors, help those who have been displaced and rebuild homes and schools,” the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said in a statement.
Apple had also added support banners to its home page, along with App Store and iTunes Store, allowing customers to donate to Mercy Corps. “We have also activated a donation button on iTunes and the App Store so customers who wish to donate to Mercy Corps’ efforts can do so easily,” Apple said.
Over 300 people have lost their lives ever since monsoon rains began lashing Kerala on May 29, with some 8.69 lakh displaced people sheltered in 2,787 relief camps. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had claimed that the deaths began since the monsoon rains started on May 29 but 265 of the casualties were reported from August 8 when torrential downpour triggered the worst flooding in the state in nearly a century.
(With inputs from agencies)