UAE gives $100 million aid for Kerala flood victims

DUBAI – The UAE government has given $100 million as financial assistant for rehabilitation efforts in India’s flood-hit Kerala state, Indian Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday (August 21).

“The UAE government is sharing our grief. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has spoken to Prime Minister [Narendra Modi]. The UAE has offered assistance of $100 million,” Vijayan said during a media briefing in Kerala.

He praised the generosity of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

More than one million displaced people have taken shelter in relief camps after floodwaters submerged most parts of Kerala and left more than 410 people dead.

A state government spokesman said 1,028,000 people are being sheltered in about 3,200 relief camps across Kerala.

Rescuers are still trying to reach people trapped in remote areas, while volunteers are working to bring a steady supply of food and water to people in relief camps.

The UAE government had formed a national emergency committee to help the flood victims, with telecommunications operator etisalat facilitating donations.

To donate to Kerala flood victims from UAE:
SMS 2441 for Dh10
SMS 2443 for Dh50
SMS 2446 for Dh100
SMS 2449 for Dh200
SMS 3441 for Dh10
SMS 3443 for Dh50
SMS 3446 for Dh100
SMS 3449 for Dh200


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