Skoda Auto leads the Volkswagen Group's activities in the Indian market.
The second wave of coronavirus has India firmly in its grip.
The sudden spike in infections is affecting a shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen, and antiviral medication straining the overall healthcare system.
As a local employer in Pune, Aurangabad, and Mumbai, Skoda has a responsibility in the country and the car manufacturer is therefore donating around one million euros at short notice to help improve the situation, the automaker noted.
The support will consist of medical supplies and a monetary donation to the German Red Cross, it said.
This is intended to meet as many different aid needs as possible in the badly affected regions, it added.
Among other things, the carmaker said it is procuring medical equipment and materials such as oxygen generators and liquid oxygen tanks, which are necessary for inland transport.
The brand's purchasing and logistics departments are working tirelessly to acquire the relief supplies at short notice and deliver them to the crisis region as quickly as possible, despite the difficult conditions caused by the pandemic, it added.
The Indian Red Cross is expected to handle the distribution locally, it said.
"The country is going through an unprecedented situation with the unexpected rise in COVID-19 cases, leading to extreme stress on the healthcare facilities in India. Skoda Auto's generous donation, both material and financial support will provide some relief to those affected," Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Managing Director Gurpratap Boparai said.
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