New Delhi (Sputnik): The United Arab of Emirates (UAE) has pledged $100 million to India's flood-ravaged state of Kerala. Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan told the media that he was grateful to the UAE for this humanitarian gesture.
"Sheik Mohammed has communicated to the prime minister about their decision to help. They have decided to give $100 million as assistance, that would be 700 crore in Indian rupees. I would like to express my gratitude to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the vice president and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on behalf of Malayalis (the people of Kerala)," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the United Arab Emirates will provide Kerala an assistance of ₹700 Crore. Kerala has a special relationship with UAE, which is a home away from home for Malayalees. We express our gratitude to UAE for their support. #KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/yfwbt9iEkd— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 21, 2018
The amount pledged by the UAE is more than that offered by India's central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the government of Kerala has estimated the total loss to be around $2.8 billion, the central government has announced $85 million in assistance.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to his Indian counterpart, Ram Nath Kovind, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing condolences over the loss of life caused by the devastating floods.
#Russian President Vladimir #Putin expressed his condolences to @rashtrapatibhvn and @narendramodi over floods in #Kerala#keralafloods@KremlinRussia_E @mfa_russia @MEAIndia @IndEmbMoscow @IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/knrFfECBwk— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) August 21, 2018
The Russian president has stressed that his country shares in the grief of Kerala's people and hopes for a speedy recovery of those injured in the disaster.