Kerala Flood; Bill Gates' foundation pledges Rs.4 cr

by Kerala | 26-08-2018 | 4551 views

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that USD 6,00,000 ( ₹4.18 crore ) will be sent to UNICEF to strengthen relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala which witnessed its worst floods in nearly a century. The grant aims to bolster efforts in assisting flood-affected people to rebuild their lives, the foundation said. The floods have claimed over 350 lives since August 8 and displaced thousands of people across the state.

Chris Elias, president of Global Development at the foundation said:”The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extends its sympathies to the thousands of families affected by Kerala’s worst floods in nearly a century.” He further stated that “We hope that our grant of fast and flexible funding will help UNICEF work with local governments and NGOs to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases and other severe health risks associated with flooding.”

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