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Indian expat forums seek help for flood-hit Kerala population

Indian expat forums seek help for flood-hit Kerala population


Santhosh Chandran
Doha
INDIAN expatriate organisations and community leaders have called for helping flood affected people in the state of Kerala.
In a statement to the media, Sanskriti, a socio-cultural organisation of Kerala community in Qatar, urged Indian expatriates to support relief and restoration activities being carried out by the government agencies in the flood-hit areas of the state.
General Secretary of the forum P Vijayakumar said,"We are committed to supporting scores of people who have either lost their belongings in the floods or, are living in rehabilitation camps."
The forum has urged community members to contribute to the chief minister's relief fund, which has been formed to support flood victims.
According to a statement released by the government of Kerala, the current floods have caused damages worth QR3.6 billion.
Meanwhile, some socio-cultural organisations have cancelled their plans to celebrate Eid Al Adha and Onam festivals in the wake of the floods and have decided to support the people in Kerala.
An office-bearer of PCF Qatar said that they have cancelled the celebration of the festivals and will donate the funds meant for the celebrations to Kerala chief minister's relief fund.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Indian community leader and former President of Indian Cultural Centre K Girish Kumar said,"At this moment, the state requires cooperation and support from everyone and NRIs and NRKs must rise to the occasion and extend their help to the flood-hit population of the state."

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