Guwahati: South Korean music group BTS’ Indian fans have raised over Rs 5.80 lakh (roughly USD 8,000) for the flood relief funds in Assam as the State was ravaged by floods over the last few weeks.
The initiative, which kicked on July 16 led by the Twitter fan page @btshelpsindia, met their goal of five lakhs within 24 hours, even raking in an extra half lakh before closing the donation portal.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band who began in 2010 and debuted in 2013.
The boy band’s fan base has received so many responses that the online website and the links provided for the donation had crashed due to traffic.
The fan page in its latest message said, “After the overwhelming response we received with our first-ever campaign, we took a small break to re-orient ourselves. While we stopped our previous fundraiser after we exceeded our goal, we know many more people are in need of help.”
The page has now tied up with another platform for raising fund for the flood-affected people of the state. Already, the latest fundraiser drive also has successfully generated almost Rs 2 lakh since Saturday.
Flood situation in Assam remained critical on Sunday. At least 81 people have died and over 54 lakh people have been affected by the people in the state so far. Over 2 lakh Hect. of cropland were damaged too.