PM salutes 'fighting spirit' of flood-hit Kerala people, UAE comes forward to help


New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday applauded the 'fighting spirit' of the people of Kerala on the face of unprecedented flood fury while UAE came forward to help the disaster-hit people of the southern state. Stating that the people of Kerala have always been and are still part of "success story in the UAE", Vice President of that country Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said they have "a special responsibility" to help and support those affected. "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," Sheikh Mohammed said in a tweet. The committee will be chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and will include representatives from the UAE’s humanitarian organisations. The committee will also seek the help of dignitaries of the Indian resident community in the UAE. The president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed grief and extended condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the loss and damage in the Kerala floods. He also urged the citizens of UAE to extend a helping to Indians. “Ahead of Eid Al Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India,” he said. The deadly floods in Kerala have claimed several lives since August 8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an additional grant of Rs 500 crore to Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed Prime Minister that the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512-crore. Prime Minister Mr Modi, who visited the state since Friday, in a series of tweets expressed his salutation to the people of Kerala for their "fighting spirit". "I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation. I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation," he tweeted. He also said that the NDRF teams, companies of BSF, CISF and RAF are deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations.  "The Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard are assisting operations in different parts of Kerala.Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority," Prime Minister wrote.

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