Indian expats from Kerala in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have opened collection centres for donations to help the thousands of families displaced by the devastating floods that have hit the state according to local media reports.
Heavy rainfall has resulted in one of the worst floods and landslides in the history of the state, with 77 people dead and thousands in relief camps. Malayalees, who form the biggest Indian expat community in the UAE, have set up donation centres to collect relief materials for the affected.
Taking the lead is the UAE chapter of Voice of Humanity, a group of around 50 stage artists from Kerala, which has popular movie artists like Tiny Tom, Nadir Shah and Guinness Pakru as patrons.
The donation centres are collecting clothes, toiletries, slippers and food items.
Abu Dhabi-based expat organisation Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre has also set up a collection centre at the Indian Islamic Centre.