UAE extends $100 million for rebuilding efforts in Kerala

Vijayan says, the gulf nation has formed a special committe for helping the state


Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended $100 million as financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged state.

UAE has also formed a national emergency committee to help the flood victims in Kerala.

More than one million people are now packing in relief camps to escape devastating monsoon floods in Kerala, where more than 410 people have died, officials said.

A state government spokesman said that 1,028,000 people were now lodged in about 3,200 relief camps across the state.

The heavy rains which wreaked havoc in Kerala in the past few weeks seems to have eased a bit but the situation continues to remain grim.

As rescue operations wound down to its final stages, the government began to shift focus to ensuring relief to affected persons, and to the rebuilding of civic infrastructure damaged by the floods.

"Many have come forward to help Kerala. Besides the aid from various states, other nations have also been extending assistance to the flood-hit region. UAE has put forward a relief package and the Gulf nations have been helping us on all fronts," Vijayan said.

Kerala government has called for an all party meet at 4 pm today to decide upon the right coure of action needed to rebuild Kerala from the grass roots.

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