UAE leaders send messages of condolence after Kerala floods disaster

UAE President and Vice-President send cables of condolences to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind after the floods and landslides in Kerala
UAE leaders send messages of condolence after Kerala floods disaster
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai have both sent messages of support to India.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 17 Aug 2018 12:16 AM

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind of India after the floods and landslides in Kerala.

Sheikh Khalifa extended his heartfelt sympathy to President Kovind and to the families of the victims and wished the injured speedy recovery, state news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar cables to the Indian President, it added.

The death toll from the floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 106, officials said on Thursday, with nearly 150,000 people left homeless by rising waters across the southern state.

Kerala's government has described the crisis - among the worst in decades - as "extremely grave" as it launched rescue operations to help thousands who remain trapped by floodwaters.

Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but this year's damage has been the worst in decades.

Hundreds of extra troops were deployed across the state after Vijayan appealed for additional help. Officials have said more than 6,500 people are stranded and need rescue.

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