Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her husband, popstar Nick Jonas on Tuesday announced they have donated funds for Bihar and Assam flood relief and also urged fans to extend support to the disaster-struck states.
According to an official report on Monday, 22.34 lakh people across 22 districts in Assam have been affected by the floods.
While 103 people died in flood-related incidents, 26 were killed in landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its bulletin.
Priyanka, who served as the ambassador for Assam from 2016 to 2019, said the state has been “devastated” by the floods.
“The rapidly rising water level has also flooded the Kaziranga National Park, one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. They need our attention and support. I’m sharing details of a few credible organisations that are doing some good work on the ground in Assam.
“Nick and I have made a donation to each. Let us support them so they can continue to help those in need. #Assamfloods #PrayForAssam #AssamNeedsHelp,” Priyanka said in a statement.
The 38-year-old actor said the couple has also supported relief work in Bihar, where a total of 24.42 lakh people have been hit by floods across 11 districts in the state.
More than 6,800 people have been evacuated by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from the flood-hit areas of Bihar till now, a spokesperson of the federal force said on Tuesday.
Priyanka, who was born in Jamshedpur now in Jharkhand, wrote that Bihar continues to battle “major flooding”.
“Much like Assam, millions of people have been affected and many have been displaced as their homes were washed away in the deluge. As they grapple with this devastation, they need all the help that we can provide.
“Nick and I have already donated to a few organizations whose teams are engaged in active relief and rehabilitation work in the state. Now it’s your turn. #BiharFloods,” she wrote in an Instagram Story.
The couple had earlier donated to various organisations, in India and the US, to help fight against the coronavirus pandemic.