Dubai: A total of AED10 million ($2.7 million) has been collected by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation through UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses for Kerala flood victims.
It comes a few hours only after the Foundation had launched its relief campaign in response to the directives of UAE leaders to form a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the flood-stricken Indian state.
Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali M.A., owner of the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide, and Dr. B. R. Shetty, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman of NMC Health PLC, have donated AED5.00 million each, in response to the UAE emergency campaign for standing by the flood-hit victims, according to news agency WAM.
The donations by UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses is close to Rs. 19 crore and more than what the state governments in India have contributed.
The state government in Kerala has demanded the aid of Rs.2000 crore rupees. But, the Modi government has announced only 500 crore rupees for the flood victim state.
Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, commended the generous support, provided by the UAE-based Indian businessmen in the country and their rapid response to the UAE leadership’s directives.
"The rapid response reflects their sincere belief and trust in the significance of the UAE humanitarian role and efforts," he said in comment.
The Foundation is continuing its relief campaigns to stand by the victims, he said, calling upon all charity actors to chip in and support their brothers anywhere in the world.
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