Kerala Floods: Google pledges USD 1 million for relief work

Published on: Aug 28, 2018 15:58 IST
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Institutions and companies from across the world continue to extend helping hands for relief and restoration work in flood-ravaged Kerala. Recently, Google announced that it will contribute Rs 7 crore (USD 1 million nearly) for relief works in Kerala which has been battered by severe floods. "Google.org and Googlers will contribute USD 1 million to the relief work in Kerala," Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Southeast Asia, and India, said at the Google for India event. Apart from this fund, tech giant's Crisis Response team has already launched several measures to flood victims of the state.

According to Anandan, among other measures, Google activated the 'person finder' tool that fetched 22,000 records. US tech giant Apple has also announced to donate USD 1 million (Rs 7 crore) towards the ongoing relief work. It has activated a donation button on its home page, along with the App Store and iTunes Store that allow customers 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. Apple customers can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to Mercy Corps using credit and debit cards. The company often uses its platform to raise money for donation during major disasters.

Torrential rains have caused massive damages in 13 out of 14 districts of Kerala. As many as 417 people have lost their lives in the floods caused by monsoon rains that started on May 29. According to reports, the state has suffered loss worth Rs 20,000 crore. Thousands of people have still taken shelter at various relief camps being run with the help of Central government, Army, and CRPF.

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