US tech giant Apple has announced a donation of Rs 7 crore to support those affected by the floods in Kerala.
“We’re heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala. Apple is donating Rs. 7 crore to support the life-saving work Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund are undertaking to support survivors, help those who have been displaced and rebuild homes and schools,” Apple said in a statement.
Apple has also added support banners to its home page, along with App Store and iTunes Store, allowing customers to donate to Mercy Corps. “We have also activated a donation button on iTunes and the App Store so customers who wish to donate to Mercy Corps” efforts can do so easily,” Apple said.
Apple customers can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to Mercy Corps using credit and debit cards.
Bill Gates is also extending help
Meanwhile, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity founded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, has pledged an amount of $6,00,000 to strengthen relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala.
The Gates Foundation said amount will be sent to UNICEF for rehabilitation activities.
More than 324 have been killed and lakhs of others have been displaced across the state of Kerala in what is described as the worst flood in a century. The state has suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 20,000 crore due to the floods.