UAE Prime Minister HH Sheikh Mohammed has said that the UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected by the devastating floods in Kerala In a tweet, HH Sheikh Mohammed said that they have formed a committee to start relief operations immediately. “We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative”.
He also said that Kerala is witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced. “Ahead of Eid Al Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India.”
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Kerala Floods have mounted to 164 in the past ten days and several thousands of people are stranded in residential flats, houses and hopsitals unable to move out. Chengannur in Alapuzha district is the worst affected with MLA Saji Cherian giving an SOS message for immediately deployment of army and helicopters to rescue people from imminent death.
Heavy rains continue in Ernakulam another worst affected district which makes rescue operations through helicopters quite difficult and risk. Over 1500 relief camps have been started across the state and 2.25 lakh people have been accommodated in these temporary facilities set up in schools and colleges.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Kerala and flown to Kochi to have an aerial view of the flood situation in Alwaye, Chengannur and Paravur regions, according to latest reports. Heavy rains may continue in several parts of Kerala till Sunday, according to IMD observations.