Fresh trouble loomed large for authorities looking after the rescue and relief works in flood ravaged Kerala as the India Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours. The floods have caused massive destruction in several parts of the state with 11 districts continuing on a red alert. In this difficult time, several organisations are extending support to the people of flood affected areas. The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) has come forward to provide the relief for the people affected by this natural calamity. The ICAI has opened a bank account exclusively for the purpose of collecting donations from members and students that will be donated to the Kerala Chief Minister' Distress Relief Fund.
"ICAI appeals to all Members, Students and Others to donate generously through DD/Cheque towards this noble cause. The DD/Cheque payable at New Delhi/Paytm may be favour of 'ICAI Kerala Flood Relief Fund'," the institution requested in a notice published on its official website. "The collected amount will be given to CHIEF MINISTER’S DISTRESS RELIEF FUND at Thiruvananthapuram," says the notice. The ICAI has requested the donors to provide their name, membership number /student registration number, address, amount and date of contribution, PAN details (if any) so that receipts could be obtained from CHIEF MINISTER’S DISTRESS RELIEF FUND for onward transmission to the donors.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an aerial assessment of the damaged caused by the torrential rains and announced Rs 500 crore financial assistance for Kerala. "The Prime Minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore announced on August 12. He assured the state government that relief materials including foodgrains, medicines would be provided, as requested," an official statement said.