India decision to decline foreign aid for Kerala flood relief draws criticism
Updated : August 23, 2018 11:42 AM IST
The decision to decline foreign help drew criticism from the opposition which called for an end to the suffering of the people of the southern state hit by the worst flooding in a century, which has killed hundreds of people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has announced assistance of Rs 600 crore ($85 million), compared with a request from the state for at least Rs 2,000 crore.
This week, the United Arab Emirates offered assistance of $100 million while Qatar offered $5 million. Many people from Kerala live and work in the Gulf.