UAE is not any other nation: Chief Minister

Clockwise from top left Freddie Francis Ajees Muthappan and Seldan

He said when a country faced a natural calamity, it was normal for other nations to offer aid, and recalled that India had helped Nepal and Bangladesh in such situations in the past and even made an offer to Pakistan when there was an quake in the neighbouring country.

A mini-truck makes its way down a flooded road in Paravur on the outskirts of Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, India.

There is no clarity on whether the centre will accept UAE's Rs. 700 crore for Kerala Flood Relief, since it would amount to reversing a 15-year long convention that was first adopted in the wake of the tsunami in 2004.

"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.

According to government sources quoted by The Indian Express, the tsunami was a "watershed moment" of India's foreign aid policy and since then, the subsequent governments have been systematically declining foreign financial assistance.

India has a record of refusing foreign aid after disasters. Apart from major financial assistance from countries like Japan, India chose to do away with numerous foreign funds that were being offered by others.

Paytm says it has received donations from 12 lakh of its users, totalling Rs. 30 crores. The Centre on Wednesday however announced that it would not accept the UAE aid.

Leaders of flood-stricken Kerala state angrily hit out at India's national government Thursday for rejecting a $100 million aid offer from the United Arab Emirates as more people entered relief camps to escape the devastation. He further pointed towards the National Disaster Management Plan of 2016 to back his claim.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan had telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made the offer of assistance, the Chief Minister had said earlier. "Right now only talk is happening, let us see what happens", Vijayan added.

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The geophysicist Jana Pursley said that people have felt the quake , but it was so deep and there might not be any damages caused. On July 29, another 6.4-magnitude quake left 16 dead, 355 injured and 1,500 buildings damaged.

But Manmohan Singh's UPA government reversed the policy of accepting foreign assistance in coping with post-calamity challenges.

But the refusal to accept foreign funds to deal with disaster management and rehabilitation has been a consistent policy of India.

Schools throughout Kerala remained closed on Wednesday but are set to reopen next week, Krishnan added, following the conclusion of the state's annual Hindu harvest festival.

In what could be a big relief for the flood-ravaged state, particularly travellers, flight operations from the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which has suffered a loss of over Rs 200 crore, will resume from August 29. After taking an account of the havoc in Kerala, the centre on August 21 released Rs 600 crore to Kerala in addition to waiving custom duty and GST on relief materials that have been imported.

Of course, this is not the only avenue open to Kerala.

Thailand's Ambassador to New Delhi tweeted about India not accepting overseas donations for flood relief in Kerala.

The Indian expatriate community living and working in UAE is very large.

The Maldives government had also promised money for the floods.


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