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Published On: Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018

Pakistan offers humanitarian assistance to Kerala

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Imran-23ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan stands ready to provide any humanitarian assistance to flood-ravaged Kerala as he sent best wishes to those affected by the devastating deluge.

Incessant rains have claimed over 237 lives in Kerala since August 8. At least 10.10 lakh people are still lodged in camps. Khan, who took the oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister last week, took to Twitter to express his support to the people of Kerala.

“On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we send our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India. We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed,” Khan said in a tweet.

A number of countries have announced assistance for flood relief operations in Kerala. While the United Arab Emirates has offered USD 100 million (around Rs 700 crore), Qatar has pledged around Rs 35 crore and Maldives has announced a donation of …
Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan has offered to provide “any humanitarian assistance that may be needed” for Kerala, that has been devastated by floods.Imran Khan, who took oath as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister last Saturday, tweeted this evening to say, “On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we send our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India.”
“We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed,” he added. 237 people have been killed since August 8 and over 14 lakh displaced after days of torrential rain in Kerala earlier this month.
The state has incurred losses estimated around Rs. 20,000 crore. Though the Kerala government had asked for Rs. 2,600 for immediate relief, the centre has allocated Rs. 600 crore so far.

The centre maintains that it will not accept financial help for Kerala from other countries. “In line with existing policy, the government of India is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts,” the foreign ministry said in a statement last night. (With Agency Inputs ).

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