Flood-stricken Kerala angered by refusal of $100m aid offer


LEADERS of flood-stricken Kerala state angrily hit out at India’s national government Thursday (24) for rejecting a $100-million aid offer from the United Arab Emirates as more people entered relief camps to escape the devastation. More than 1.3 million people have now packed into temporary camps even though the floods, which have left at least 420 dead and missing, are fast receding. The New Delhi government infuriated the Kerala administration by rejecting the wealthy Gulf state’s offer. Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of adopting a “dog-in-the-manger” policy by refusing the money. The communist minister…

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