UAE-based Indian businessmen donate $2.7m for Kerala flood victims

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation collected donations by Indian businessmen for Kerala flood victims
UAE-based Indian businessmen donate $2.7m for Kerala flood victims
An Indian poultry farmer and his friends take out a batch of hens to a safer place at Aluva in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
By Neil Halligan
Sun 19 Aug 2018 09:30 AM

UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses have donated $2.7m (AED10m) so far to Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation's relief fund for Kerala flood victims.

The funding came just a few hours after the foundation 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.

Among those to donate were Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali MA, owner of the Lulu Hypermarket chain and Dr BR Shetty, CEO and executive vice chairman of NMC Health PLC, who each gave $1.4m (AED5m). 

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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