UAE extends helping hand to Kerala flood victims

UAE extends helping hand to Kerala flood victims

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in Kerala. (Reuters Photo)

The prime minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has come out in support for deluge-hit Kerala and ordered the formation of an emergency committee to provide relief to the victims hit by devastating rains and floods in the state.

In a series of tweets in English as well as in Malayalam, he 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.”

Sheikh Al Maktoum, who is also the vice president of UAE, said that the UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected.

"We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative," he said.

“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 further tweeted.

Meanwhile, India's ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, said he will chair a meeting on Sunday with community organisations, activists and business leaders to coordinate relief support for Kerala from UAE. 

“Please contribute generously during this unprecedented crisis,” Suri tweeted.

As per an official data, since August 8, at least 194 persons have lost their lives so far and 36 are missing in the Kerala flood. Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

The Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30 per cent of the total population. It is the largest expatriate community in the country.