In a show of solidarity with Kerala, Qatar has now announced a donation of 5 million US dollars as relief to the flood hit State. The amount is to help those who have lost their homes following the rains and flooding in the state. Sending his condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, wished the state and its people a speedy recovery, according to reports.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar too relayed their condolences to Indian PM Narendra Modi over the tragedy that has stuck Kerala. Qatar’s announcement comes a day after UAE promised relief for Kerala.
Apart from this, Qatar Charity, an international charity organisation has launched emergency relief to those affected by the Kerala floods through its representative in India. The campaign was kickstarted with a total of half a million Qatari Riyal in its first stage. The organisation has also launched a fundraising campaign targeting an amount of 4 million Riyal to help over 60,000 victims with food, shelter and medical needs.
Kerala has witnessed the worst floods of the century with over 324 people losing their lives. Over two lakh people have been left homeless and material losses in the state have reported to be over Rs 19,500 crore.
Several parts of the state were flooded and thousands had to be relocated to relief camps, airlifted and rescued on boats following water logging in many areas.
Relief efforts are ongoing and people from several parts of the country are contributing with relief material, food, drinking water and money to victims of the flood-hit state.