Mumbai, Aug 20: Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Jacqueline Fernandez have contributed towards relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala. They have also urged others to donate.
“The devastation caused by incessant rain in Kerala is frightening. Hundreds and thousands of our sisters and brothers are in deep anguish! We must do all we can to contribute as much as we can towards the needs of the people of Kerala. I have. You must too,” Amitabh tweeted.
T 2904 – The devastation caused by incessant rain in Kerala is frightening !
Hundreds and thousands of our sisters and brothers are in deep anguish ! We must do all we can to contribute as much as we can towards the needs of the people of Kerala ..
I have .. you must too ..?
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 18, 2018
The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala increased to 370.
Shah Rukh’s Meer Foundation has donated Rs 21 lakh to a relief group working amongst flood victims.
Jacqueline committed to donate Rs 5 lakh to NGO Habitat for Humanity India’s Kerala Flood Relief Programme.
She said in a statement: “I am deeply pained to see the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala. My heart goes out to the people in need and in order to help them, I have decided to donate to Habitat for Humanity India.
“I am happy that they have undertaken their disaster response work in Kerala. I appeal to all my friends, fans and peers from the film industry to come and support our flood relief work for the people of Kerala.”
Other celebrities including Hrithik Roshan, Sonali Bendre, Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, Prakash Raj have extended their support, urging people to come forward and help the people of Kerala.
#kodagufloods sent 5 lakhs to begin.. #justaskingfiundation #prakashrajfiundation will further take up reconstructing life in Kodagu and Kerala ..come let’s stand by them in this difficult times.. ??please contribute through organisations around you .. let’s give back to life? pic.twitter.com/JlnZ8XWKDq
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) August 19, 2018
Filmmaker Priyadarshan has already handed over his and actor Akshay Kumar’s cheque to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. “Let’s together build back Kerala back to its glory again. No politics, no religion only humanity. Let’s stand together to save Kerala,” he tweeted.
Handed over mine and @akshaykumar s Cheque to Kerala Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund . Let’s together build back Kerala back to its glory again. No politics No religion only humanity .Lets stand together to save Kerala #KerelaFloods pic.twitter.com/XchEFEHlsQ
— priyadarshan (@priyadarshandir) August 18, 2018
Actress Chitrangda Singh has also urged people to “join hands and hearts” and “help our countrymen. Stand for Kerala”.
— Chitrangda Singh (@IChitrangda) August 19, 2018
Oscar winner Resul Pookutty has thanked all the celebrities like Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt who have contributed to the cause.
Thank you my dear @vidya_balan and #Sid for being such a great sport and generous! You are our own blood from Palghat, we are indebted to your generosity!Love and hugs from Gods Own Country Bollywood #istandwithkerela ???
— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 17, 2018
My dear @sonamakapoor thank you so much for your kindness and love towards kerala and it’s people, your generosity lights up peoples lives!humbled???
— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 18, 2018
The chief ministers of various states have also come forward with financial aid to help the state cope with the huge-scale devastation.
Kerala is facing the heaviest rains and consequent floods and destruction since 1924, which the state estimates has caused a loss of over Rs 19,500 crore.