Here’s how you can help those affected by the floods in Assam
As the world wages a common war against coronavirus, Assam is fighting another war: the floods.
According to a report from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the death toll has risen to 108 and almost 56 lakh people from 5,305 villages have been affected by the floods. Around 27 lakh people across 30 districts were forced to leave behind their homes and find shelter on higher ground.
The rising waters of the Brahmaputra have also submerged the world's largest habitat for the great one-horned rhino, the Kaziranga National Park.
Relief and rehabilitation work is underway to provide basic necessities like food, water, and electricity to the victims.
Several individuals and organisations are stepping forward to help the state get back to normal. The NGO Action Aid is sending essential supplies like ration, clothes, and utensils for the victims while foodtech startup Zomato is galvanising contributions for food through its platform.
It is time we also lent a helping hand, and there are many ways to pitch in.
The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
You can donate online directly to the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund or send a cheque/ bank draft in favour of “Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Assam”, payable at Guwahati, at this mailing address:
Chief Minister's Relief Fund Assam, Secretariat Branch, Dispur, Guwahati 781006.
International NGO ActionAid, known for its work in the areas of social and economic justice, has deployed its team on the ground. It is attempting to identify the most distressed localities and help those in need. The NGO had earlier provided relief during the Assam floods in 2016. Contribute to their endeavour by sending funds to Axis Bank Ltd, in the name of ActionAid Association.
Branch Name: Bangalore (KT)
A/C No: 009010101455298
Address: No 9, M G Road, Block A, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
RTGS/NEFT/IFSC Code: UTIB0000009
Delhi-based NGO Goonj has been working to uplift some of the most poverty-stricken regions of the country. It is now gearing up to address the crisis in Assam. Chip in by sending essential supplies like ration, clothes, utensils, toiletries, and basic medicines to Goonj, J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110 076.
In case you wish to pay digitally, transfer the funds to HDFC Bank Ltd, in name of ‘Goonj’ using the details:
A/c No: 04801450000130
Address: Plot No 9, H & J Block, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110076
Swift Code: HDFCINBB
IFSC Code: HDFC0000480
MICR Code: 110 240 072
Art of Living
The Art of Living, along with its partner organisation, The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), is engaged in providing support to the people of Assam in this time. So far, they have reached out to Hatilung village in North Lakhimpur district, Gohpur in Sonitpur district, and the river island of Majuli.
Assist them to continue offering rehabilitative support by sending money to their HDFC Bank account in the name of ‘IAHV - Disaster Relief Fund’.
A/C No: 01841450000025
Bank branch code: 1753
IFSC Code: HDFC0001753
The United Nations Children's Fund has been offering humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the globe since 1946. The international agency has collaborated with various governments and organisations to assist those who have been displaced and deprived by the floods in Assam. You can visit their website and contribute directly to their endeavour.
In May 2019, when Cyclone Fani hit Odisha, Zomato leveraged its platform to gather resources and help those affected on the ground. The restaurant aggregator has now taken the initiative to help those affected by the floods in Assam.
Many residents across Assam have been stranded due to the floods and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is only making it worse for them. The Delhi-based NGO SEEDS is promptly reaching out to the affected with safe drinking water, dry food, hygiene and family utility kits. Presently, the organisation is reaching out to over one lakh people across the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Barpeta and Morigaon.
Lend a helping hand to the organisation by donating Rs 1,000 for a ration kit, Rs 1,500 for a hygiene kit, Rs 3,500 for drinking water or Rs 4,000 for a home utility kit. You can do this by visiting their website and donating through the payment gateway prompted or via an online bank transfer in the name of SEEDS to their Standard Chartered bank account.
A/C No: 52810165100
Bank branch code: 1753
IFSC Code: SCBL0036032
Edited by Teja Lele Desai