UAE extends helping hand in Kerala's hour of need
Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has come out in support for flood-hit Kerala and ordered the formation of an emergency committee to provide relief to the victims. Sheikh Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President of the country, said that the UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected. Here's more.
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. pic.twitter.com/cHe4CWzrpO— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 17, 2018
"We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative," Sheikh Al Maktoum said. Meanwhile, India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, said he will chair a meeting tomorrow with community organizations, 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% of the total population. It is the largest expatriate community in the country.