Aid of $6,00,000 to be sent to UNICEF for Kerala relief operations: Gates Foundation

The emergency grant aims to bolster government efforts and initiatives by non-governmental organisations in the enormous task of assisting displaced, flood-affected people and helping them rebuild their lives.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2018 20:35 IST
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Trees and houses partially submerged in floodwaters in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, on August 23. (Bloomberg file photo)

An amount of $6,00,000 will be sent to UNICEF to strengthen relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala which witnessed its worst deluge in nearly a century, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has said.

The emergency grant aims to bolster government efforts and initiatives by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the enormous task of assisting displaced, flood-affected people and helping them rebuild their lives, the foundation said in a statement.

UNICEF, along with NGOs, is currently working in tandem with district administrations to spearhead relief efforts.

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extends its sympathies to the thousands of families affected by Kerala’s worst floods in nearly a century,” Chris Elias, president of Global Development at the foundation, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“We hope that our grant of fast and flexible funding will help UNICEF work with local governments and NGOs to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases and other severe health risks associated with flooding,” Elias said.

Heavy rains and flooding have claimed 231 lives since August 8 in the second spell of the monsoon. More than 10.40 lakh people are still in relief camps across the state.

The state has suffered an estimated loss of Rs 20,000 crore due to the floods and sought an interim assistance of Rs 2,600 crore from the Centre, besides a special package of a similar amount under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 20:35 IST