The UAE government has donated $100 million to help the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala to regain normalcy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister praised humble gesture shown by the UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Syed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, and Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Considered as one the deadliest deluge of the century, the number of casualties has surpassed 400 as per the sources, and over a million people have taken shelter in around 3000 shelter homes across the state till now.
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Thousands of army, air force, and navy personnel have successfully evacuated many stranded in remote and hilly areas. Besides, there has been the continuous supply of edibles and medicines from helicopters as many land routes have been damaged by the catastrophic calamity.
Prime Minister Modi had announced a relief package of 500 crores to the flood-affected southern state after reviewing the situation on August 18 which the opposition termed inadequate demanding that the calamity is declared as the ‘national disaster ‘.
Reports suggest that the flood has caused an estimated damage of around $3 billion, and the loss could be even bigger when the actual figure comes up after state restores to normalcy.