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Gulf Unites To Extend Support As Situation Worsens In Flood Hit Kerala

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| August 18 , 2018 , 14:14 IST

The United Arab Emirates and Oman came forward on Saturday to extend their support to tackle the disastrous floods that have hit the Indian state of Kerala.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide relief assistance to people affected by flash floods in the Indian state of Kerala.

According to media reports, the committee will be chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and will include representatives from the UAE's social work organizations. The committee will also seek help from the Indian residents in the country.

UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted, “The state of Kerala in India is currently witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. Hundreds have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Ahead of Eid Al Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India.”

He also said, “The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days.”

According to News18, the Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said announced a special flight from Muscat to Thiruvananthapuram with the essential material, including drinking water and food, for relief. Sharjah ruler Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi donated Rs 4 crore to help Kerala on Saturday.

The students of Indian School Al Ghubra organized a bake sale on Thursday to raise funds for relief work for the Kerala floods in India. This was held with the help of Round Square, an international students organization.

PM Modi’s Aerial Survey

PM Modi arrived in Kochi on Saturday to take a note of flood situation turning disastrous across Kerala. PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas and has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced earlier.

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