From government agencies to relief organisations to Bollywood actors and cricket stars, Twitter was the place in India to find out what was happening with the #Keralafloods. More than 2.62 million Tweets were shared across India and around the world on the #Keralafloods and the conversations continue to flow.
Although rains have eased in Kerala offering some respite, the huge task of cleaning up from the worst flooding in 100 years must begin. Tens of thousands are still living in relief camps, and many still remain cut off and in need of help.
If you need help or want to find out what’s happening with the #Keralafloods relief effort, take note of the tips below:
1. Do NOT spread unverified messages received via social media channels, private group chats, or SMS. They can cause a lot of confusion and wasted effort.
2. Turn on push notifications for key accounts coordinating rescue efforts to ensure you don’t miss important Tweets (National Disaster Management Authority @ndmaindia, Indian Army @adgpi, Indian Navy @indiannavy, Indian Coast Guard @IndiaCoastGuard, Rapid Response @RapidResponse, National Disaster Response Force @NDRFHQ, CMO Kerala @CMOKerala)
3. Tweet with a clear Call-to-Action. Clearly state how people can help – either by donating money, donating food or essential supplies, or by Retweeting
4. After a rescue or relief Tweet has been addressed, it’s generally a good practice to Retweet your own Tweet with an update saying a particular rescue has been conducted and thank the people who did it.
5. Use the right hashtags for the rescue effort (#Keralafloods #RebuildKerala)
Throughout #KeralaFloods, people turned to Twitter to share important updates:
To call for donations:
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) August 16, 2018
— dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) August 16, 2018
#Update #KeralaFloods2018 Indian Army has made 13 temporary bridges to reconnect 38 remote areas, total of 3627 personnels have been rescued till date, including 22 foreign nationals. #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/Or2e03YdUC
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 18, 2018
To call for help:
Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. This flood is also one of the worst floods in our country's history. More than half a million people are displaced. Your help can rebuild the lives of these affected. Donate to:https://t.co/FjYFEdOsyl #KeralaReliefFund
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 19, 2018
We are happy to share that we have crossed INR 30 Crore in contributions in under 4 days, from over 12 lakh Paytm users for #KeralaFloodRelief ?
Let’s keep going.#IndiaForKerala ??
— Paytm (@Paytm) August 20, 2018
— Aarti (@aartic02) August 18, 2018
Prayers are always good but in times of dire need and suffering we all can do more. Right now the victims and families of the #KeralaFloods need our help. Let’s show them that we #StandWithKerala. Even a small contribution to Kerala’s #CMDRF would go a long way.@CMOKerala pic.twitter.com/UFQCVL3G3x
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 14, 2018
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!
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) August 16, 2018
And to celebrate the heroes of the rescue efforts:
— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 20, 2018
— Ponjit Dowarah (@ponjitdowarah) August 18, 2018
As we rightly praise the great rescue efforts of our uniformed personnel, let's also salute the selfless courage of fishermen who themselves don't have much food or money but are saving the lives of others by coming to the rescue in their own boats. Unsung heroes! #KeralaFloods
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 18, 2018
Please continue to follow live updates on #KeralaFloods here.