Qatar announces Rs 35 crore aid to flood-hit Kerala; Qatar Charity also chips in – UKMALAYALEE

Qatar announces Rs 35 crore aid to flood-hit Kerala; Qatar Charity also chips in

Monday 20 August 2018 1:25 AM UTC

DOHA Aug 20: Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has allocated $5m (Rs 35 crore) for the relief of victims of flood caused by recent rains and monsoon in Kerala state of India, Qatar News Agency reported.

The allocated amount will also cover assistance for sheltering of those who lost their homes due to the natural calamity.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also has sent a cable of condolences to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the victims of the floods in Kerala, which caused devastation of a kind not seen for nearly a century in the state,  and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani also sent a similar cable of condolences to the Indian President.

Meanwhile, Qatar Charity, through its representative in India, has launched emergency relief for those affected by the huge floods in the Indian state of Kerala with a total value of half a million riyals for the first stage.

Qatar Charity is a government-authorized body doing humanitarian and rehabilitation work across the globe, with financial aid and specific sponsored projects.   It has a presence in several countries with representatives and philanthropic institutions.

This humanitarian interface coincides with the launch of a fund raising campaign targeting more than QR4m to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60,000 people through food, medical and shelter assistance, QNA said.

Qatar Charity urged philanthropists in Qatar to help people affected in Kerala, by providing food, medicine, medical assistance, restoring and rebuilding homes and reaching out for the victims as soon as possible.

Keralites form a major segment of the Indian expatriates in Qatar who in turn constitute the largest foreigner community in Qatar numbering close to 7 lakh.

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