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Kerala floods: Actor Siddharth launches ‘Kerala Donation Challenge’, asks for people’s contribution

Thiruvananthapuram | Film actor Siddharth on Friday started a donation drive for the relief work in the flood-affected state of Kerala and asked for the support of people. Calling it a ‘Kerala Donation Challenge’ Siddharth urged people to support the relief work in Kerala.

Taking on Twitter, Siddharth posted an image of the letter as proof of donated money to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (Govt of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram). He tweeted, “I dare you. I beg of you! What do I have to do to make you read and share this? I did the #KeralaDonationChallenge It was awesome! Will you? Please? #KeralaFloods #SaveKerala @CMOKerala.”

The letter stated “I am pained by the lack of adequate attention being given to this situation. It reminds me of a similar apathy displayed by the national media during devastating Tamil Nadu floods of 2015. Siddharth donated 10 lakh worth money to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (Govt of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram).

Informing about the challenge, Siddharth wrote, “I implore you to contribute whatever ever you can to this urgent cause. Please post your donation proof online if you wish to inspire others to do the same. Let us call this the #KeralaDonationChallenge. We all know how much the internet loves a challenge.”

Criticising the lack of national media coverage of Kerala Floods and comparing it to the 2015 Tamil Nadu floods, Siddharth said, “Kerala is standing at the similar place where Tamil Nadu was in 2015.  Wake up India Gods Own Country is sinking. They need help. We can each make a difference. Starting with the National Media Let’s talk about Kerala Floods more. Much more”.

Along with Siddharth various other actors like Suriya, Karthi, Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Allu Arjun, Vijay Deverakonda, Dulquer Salman have contributed money to help people affected by the floods.

Heavy rains and floods causing landslides have lead to the death of more than 114 people in Kerala. The districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram are the worst affected districts of Kerala.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the flood-affected region on Kerala on Friday evening. Earlier he had a telephonic conversation with Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan and enquired about the situation caused due to floods and reviewed the undergoing rescue work.

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