The southern state of Kerala is battling with a devastating flood and almost all the villages are inundated. So far, as many as 342 people have been killed in what is being described as century’s worst flood. The search and rescue operation was being carried out by the teams of three defence services – Army, Navy and Airforce – along with the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel across the state.
As the God’s own country struggles with the deadly disaster, United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with several other Indian states have extended helping hands to the people of the flood-hit state.
Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that UAE will offer relief to the people affected due to the flood and formed a committee to start the relief work immediately. Al Maktoum also urged people to contribute generously towards this initiative.
“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 tweeted.
Aam Aadmi Party MPs, MLAs donate a month’s salary
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that all the MLAs and MPs of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will donate their one month’s salary to help the people of flood affected Kerala. Earlier, the Delhi CM had announced Rs 10 crore funds for Kerala.
Besides Kejriwal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also announced Rs 10 crore aid for the flood-ravaged Kerala. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik promised Rs five crore in aid sent 245 fire personnel with boats to help in rescue operations.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also announced Rs 20 crore as immediate assistance for the flood-affected people of Kerala. Fadnavis informed that around 11 ton of food dry food packets will be sent for the people of the state.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas and announced Rs 500 crore package for the state. Modi assured Kerala CM Naveen Patnaik of all the possible help from Centre.