UAE leaders step in to help flood-stricken Kerala

Qatar announces $5 million aid to flood-hit Kerala

Qatar announces $5 million aid to flood-hit Kerala  18 Aug 2018- 23:26

With Kerala witnessing its worst flood in 100 years, UAE's Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum described the people of Kerala as part of their "success story" and chose to lend a helping hand to the flood-ravaged state.

Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high-risk areas, where they searched for people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. He said that the dam operation should not be focused on filling it up at the first available instance.

Many more people have been made homeless and are stranded in the floods.

Prime Minister Modi inspected the flooded landscape from a helicopter and met Saturday with the state's top officials, promising more than $70 million in aid.

Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, almost 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Following the cancellation, Modi chaired a meeting with Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials and witnessed a video presentation of the widespread destruction across the state.

Helicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala. More than 1.5 lakh people are in over 1,000 relief camps while almost 75,000 houses have been submerged in water.

The flood situation in Kerala has been continuously and closely monitored by the Union Government.

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The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India's Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357 with losses to infrastructure pegged at nearly $3bn.

One of the HSI rescuers reporting from a relief camp shared that around 80 percent of the animals in one of the flooded districts did not survive.

Since 9th August, the NDRF, Army and Navy together have rescued /evacuated 6714 persons and provided medical assistance to 891 persons.

The state government said over 1500 relief camps had been set up. The floods have also resulted in deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam and Nagaland.

The rains are predicted to continue, and organized rescue efforts are the only way to save as many lives as possible.

Mr Modi directed insurance companies to conduct special camps at various places for evaluation of the claims and timely disbursement of compensation to the affected people.

The southern state is struggling to cope with floods caused by the unusually heavy monsoon rains.

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