Indian-origin tycoons in UAE pledge Rs 125 m to Kerala

By Author  |  Published: 19th Aug 2018  9:36 pm

Dubai: Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report.

A body blow has been dealt to the scenic State, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities severely hit. Kerala-born businessman Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, has announced a Rs 50 million donation for rain-battered Kerala, Khaleej Times reported on Sunday.

KP Hussain, chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group, has donated Rs 50 million. He said that Rs 10 million out of Rs 50 million will directly go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, the Gulf paper added.

Hussain said that his group has coordinated with the state’s health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty. This includes doctors and paramedics being sent to relief camps. “As per our geological studies and today’s condition in Kerala, the stagnant water will be drained much later than expected.

Hence, there is a high possibility of more deaths in the event of spread of various diseases like fever, dysentery, gastric issues, skin disorders etc,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

“This situation needs to be handled very seriously and emergency treatment has to be provided with immediate effect. As recommended by the public health secretary, we have received the list of medicines which will be supplied to the relief camps.”

Other UAE-based businessmen had pledged amounts to help in flood relief operations. India-born billionaire BR Shetty, chairman of Unimoni and UAE Exchange, had pledged Rs 20 million. Azad Moopen, Indian physician and philanthropist, and founder chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, pledged Rs 5 million.