Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Thursday, August 16, 2018. Image Credit: AP

ABU DHABI:  President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people affected by flash floods in the south Indian state of Kerala.

According to the President's instructions, the committee will be chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and include representatives from the UAE's humanitarian organisations.

The committee will also seek the help of prominent Indian expatriates in UAE.

Kerala is reeling under deadly floods, which killed hundreds and displaced thousands.

Condolences 

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, extended their heartfelt condolences to the brotherly Indian people and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the loss of lives over the last few days.

The UAE leaders' instructions stressed the importance of mobilising national efforts of all UAE humanitarian organisations to coordinate emergency relief operations to help the victims of flood in Kerala in a way that reflects the spirit of the historic friendship that binds the peoples of the UAE and India and directly supports the Indian government's efforts to miminise the devastating impact of the floods.