Dubai: UAE Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna said there has not been any official announcement about the amount of UAE's aid to flood-hit Kerala yet. "It is not yet final. It has not been announced," he said after Kerala CM said that UAE has pledged ₹700 crore for the state. The Centre and Kerala government are debating whether to accept the aid. The development comes a day after Centre insisted that it cannot take foreign aid for the state because of a 2004 policy by the then Manmohan Singh government, it said NGOs and similar parties could make donations.
Issuing a statement, the Narendra Modi govt said that the Rs 600 crore aid released for Kerala was just an interim help and additional funds would be released when an inter-ministerial team visits the state again and assesses the damage.