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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 reported.

The UAE government had formed a national emergency committee to help the flood victims.

Earlier, Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had allocated USD 5 million (Rs 35 crore) for the relief of flood victims.

Published on 21 August 2018
EDIT: The projected relief amount has been removed due as UAE has not made official announcement.