BENGALURU: Amazon, Flipkart, BigBasket, Google, Paytm and telecom service providers have stepped-in to help the relief efforts for the Kerala flood victims. Since Thursday, Amazon India has allowed users to order relief materials online. Users from around the world can order bed sheets, apparel, toiletries for those in need.
Amazon said it is working with implementation partners and state and national disaster coordination committees to support those affected by the flood. For those wishing to make a donation on Amazon, one can click on an NGO – either Habitat for Humanity, World Vision India or Goonj – to browse their wish list, select products, add to the cart and pay. Amazon will ensure delivery. This option is also available on the mobile app. International users can use bit.ly/amazonkerala to place orders.
Flipkart has tied up with Goonj. Users can open the Flipkart app and click the banner ad for Kerala donations to order blankets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, dry rations, toiletries and cooking utensils. Donors will get a tax exemption certificate.
Paytm has partnered with the Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund for donating money to victims. BigBasket will deliver dry rations. Google has put up a list of district needs on its person finder site. There’s a listing for a centre in each district, with a contact person and what people in the shelters there need most.
Telecom service providers in the state – Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio and BSNL – have announced that they will not charge any customer in Kerala for voice calls for the next seven days. The services also include unlimited SMS. With complaints of communication breakdown across the state, theservice providers have said they are working around the clock to ensure connectivity.