UAE-based Indian businessman donates Dhs26m for Kerala relief efforts

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman of UAE’s VPS Healthcare, has contributed through the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation



UAE-based Indian businessman Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director of VPS Healthcare, has donated Dhs26m ($7m) towards the relief campaign for Kerala.

The Indian city has been hit by its worst flooding in a century, with hundreds of deaths. Over one million people are now homeless and are being accommodated in over 3,200 relief camps.

The heavy rainfall has also caused unprecedented loss to property, with considerable damage to the infrastructure across the state.

Vayalil’s contribution comes as part of the emergency relief campaign launched by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) in line with the directives of the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE announced the formation of an emergency committee to organise relief assistance for Kerala on Friday night. Chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent, it includes representatives from the UAE’s humanitarian organisations.

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Mohammed Hajji Al Khouri, general manager of KBZF, commended Vayalil’s efforts to help the residents of Kerala.

He stressed that the donations of UAE-based Indian businessmen highlight the vital role that individuals play in the charity, development and humanitarian fields.

Earlier this week, it was also announced that founder and chairman of Dubai-based GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey, had committed Dhs5m to the special committee formed by the UAE to support emergency relief and rehabilitation work in Kerala.

On Sunday, KBZF also confirmed that it had raised Dhs10m from two UAE-based Indian businessmen for the Kerala flood victims.

An amount of Dh5m each was contributed by Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali M.A., owner of the LuLu group and Dr. B.R. Shetty, CEO and executive vice chairman of NMC Health, officials confirmed.