Disastrous floods are wreaking havoc in Kerala. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced ever since heavy rains have brought deluge in the state. Apart from the Chief Minister’s state relief fund, several volunteers and non-profit organizations have come forward to provide aid to the flood victims. But not all of them are genuine.
Some social media campaigns that claim to raise funds for flood relief have turned out to be fake. Cops in Kerala have busted 19 such fake campaigns and warned people to not fall prey to such scandals, reports Outlook India
“The cases have been registered for spreading false campaigns on the relief works and all such people would be arrested and proceeded against as per the law,” State Police Chief Loknath Behera.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday spoke in detail about the propaganda which was aimed at preventing people from contributing in Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF).
“Circulating wrong messages has affected the rescue operations and discouraged people from taking appropriate decisions. A combined effort is needed to prevent rumors and fake news through social media,” he said.
The cops have, however, assured the public that the people behind such fake campaigns will be soon caught and brought to justice.
Until then, please beware of such fraudulent campaigns and do not contribute to any relief campaign without checking its authenticity.