Browsing: Kerala Floods

Qatar
Doha-Kochi flights resume as airport opens

Flights to Kochi from Doha started following the Kerala airport resuming operations Wednesday. According to the airport owner CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited), Indian carrier IndiGo’s Doha service was among the first international flights to land at the Kerala’s largest airport Wednesday evening. CIAL said in a statement that Qatar Airways, Air India Express and Jet Airways have all confirmed to land at Kochi International Airport Thursday. All airlines, both domestic and international, will follow the current schedule for operations, CIAL said. Qatar Airways and Indian carriers – Air India Express, Jet Airways and IndiGo operate direct flights between Doha and Kochi. Following the closure of the Kerala’s largest airport at Nedumbassery near Kochi Qatar Airways rerouted its flights – QR516 and QR517 between Doha and Kochi (Nedumbassery) to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Thousands of Qatar residents from central Kerala have been relying on Nedumbassery airport to fly to Doha. Doha,…

UAE
UAE-based bank donates AED 5 million for Kerala flood victims

The Dubai Islamic Bank confirmed on Monday that it has set aside Dh 5 million (Rs 9.5 crore) to help with the relief efforts in southern India. The funds are coursed through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment (MBRCH), which is tasked to undertake international humanitarian and charity work in disaster-hit areas. Ibrahim Boumelha, Counsellor of the Ruler of Dubai for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MBRCH, said: “This generous contribution (from the Dubai Islamic Bank) is fully dedicated to the relief of our Indian brothers in Kerala.” Abdullah Al Hamli, Board Member, DIB, said the bank remains committed to the government’s goals in supporting humanitarian efforts across the globe. “The DIB, being a premier Islamic financial institution, is proud to partner in such initiatives aimed at alleviating suffering and building a better future for humanity at large.”…

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince discusses Kerala relief efforts with Modi

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has discussed the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala during a telephone call with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During the call, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Prime Minister and discussed the relief efforts underway. He tweeted about the conversation and expressed his condolences to the affected families. I spoke to the Indian Prime Minister about the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala. My sincere condolences to the families of the victims. We stand with the Indian people. Our relief and charitable institutions are helping with relief efforts.— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 21, 2018 Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE was prepared to extend all help during this humanitarian crisis in which hundreds have been…

India
Cochin International Airport to reopen on August 29: CIAL

With the flood waters in Kerala receding rapidly, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in the state and the busiest, will open on August 29 – after 15 days of closure. Confirming the same, CIAL took to its Facebook page on Thursday to announce: Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters. Rs 220 crores loss in the floods The airport has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crores in the floods, an official told PTI. He said the solar power system of the world’s first solar-powered airport has also suffered damage in the floods. “We have launched efforts on a war-footing to rebuild the damaged infrastructure. Our initial assessment is that we have suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 220 crores in the floods,” the official said, adding around 200 workers have been…

UAE
UAE extends aid to Kerala floods relief

The UAE government has extended financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday. “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.” Vijayan said during a media briefing in Kerala. “Malayalis from all corners of the world have offered help. Millions of those Malayalis treat the Gulf countries as their second home,” he added. He noted that the UAE has stood by Kerala in its hour of need. The chief minister lauded the benevolence shown by the UAE 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, Khaleej Times…

UAE
Kerala Floods: NRI businessman donates Rs 50 crore

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of UAE-based VPS Healthcare, has donated AED 26 million (around Rs 50 crore) towards the relief campaign for Kerala in the aftermath of the most devastating floods to affect the South Indian state in over a century. The floods have so far led to hundreds of deaths and the displacement of thousands of people. The extremely heavy rainfall has also caused unprecedented loss to property, with considerable damage to the infrastructure across the state. Dr Vayalil’s generous contribution comes as part of the emergency relief campaign launched by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) in line with the directives of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown…

UAE
UAE stands with Kerala flood victims

A total of AED10 million has been collected by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation through UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses for Kerala flood victims, a few hours only after the Foundation had launched its relief campaign in response to the directives of UAE leaders to form a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the flood-striken Indian state. Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali M.A., owner of the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide, and Dr. B. R. Shetty, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman of NMC Health PLC, have donated Dh5m each, in response to the UAE emergency campaign for standing by the flood-hit victims. Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, commended the generous support, provided by the UAE-based Indian businessmen in the country and their rapid response to the UAE leadership’s directives. “The rapid response reflects their sincere belief and trust in…

India
Kerala floods relief material exempted from customs duty

Relief materials sent by NRIs and international agencies to the Kerala flood victims are exempt from customs duty and GST, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced Monday. As per the notification of Customs dated July 13, 1994, amended vide notification dated June 30, 2017, the items such as foodstuffs, medicines, medical stores of perishable nature, clothing and blankets imported for the relief and rehabilitation of people affected by flood have been exempted from whole of customs duty and integrated tax. The above exemption can be claimed by any charitable organisation in compliance with the conditions mentioned in the notification. The exemptions would be applicable to the said goods being sent to the Central Government, the Government of Kerala, or as the case may be, the relief agencies of both the governments. The exemption will also extend to relief agencies duly approved by the Central Government or the Government of Kerala…

Qatar
Qatar Airways offers free transport of aid materials to Kerala

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced its relief efforts to deliver urgent aid to Kerala following the devastating floods in the southern Indian state. The cargo carrier has expeditiously organised an operation to deliver relief goods to the flood-stricken districts via the airline’s passenger service from Doha to Trivandrum. Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said: “We have received earnest requests from the Indian community residing in Qatar seeking support to transport relief aid to Kerala, where many of their families and relatives are affected by the worst flood in a century. “Given the devastating situation, we have rapidly activated a humanitarian operation to offer free transportation of relief goods from Doha to Trivandrum on our daily passenger flight. We are expecting to airlift more than 50 tonnes of much-needed relief goods from the operation, which will commence from August 21 – 29 . Our prayers and thoughts are with…

Qatar
Kerala floods: Qatar Emir grants Rs 35 crore as relief assistance

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued a directive to allocate  USD 5 million (Rs 35 crore) in aid of those affected by the floods that recently hit the southern Indian state of Kerala, to help provide shelter to those who lost their homes as a result of the humanitarian crisis. Qatar Charity, through its representative in India, has launched emergency relief for those affected by the huge floods with a total value of half a million riyals during the first stage. This humanitarian gesture coincides with the launch of a fundraising campaign targeting more than QR 4 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60,000 people through food, medical and shelter assistance. Floods in Kerala have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands of others besides causing major damage to homes and infrastructure. Qatar Charity urged philanthropists in Qatar to help people affected in Kerala, by providing…

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