HM King orders relief, assistance for Kerala

Manama, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has ordered His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King's Personal Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) that the RCO be in charge of preparing and sending relief materials and providing assistance to affected Indians.

HM the King had issued directives to accelerate the provision of support and assistance to India to help the needy in their plight and alleviate the suffering caused by heavy rains and floods that extensively damaged infrastructure and homes in the state of Kerala.

Based on the directives, HH Shaikh Nasser ordered RCO Secretary General Mustafa Al Sayyed to take all the necessary measures in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and to liaise regularly with the Indian embassy in Bahrain and the Indian community from Kerala.

Al Sayyed said that in light of the dire humanitarian disaster in India caused by heavy rains and continuous floods and the high number of victims, the wounded and the displaced in the worst floods in this country for more than 80 years, and in light of the HH Shaikh Nasser's directives for prompt action, contacts have been established with several concerned institutions to implement them in line with the humanitarian bonds between Bahrain and the international community and the positive relations between the Kingdom and India.

There is steady coordination between the Royal Charity Organisation, the embassy of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard for appropriate mechanisms and types of emergency assistance urgently required in such critical conditions, he added.

Indian Ambassador to Bahrain Alok Kumar Sinha expressed gratitude for HM the King's noble initiative and appreciation of the government's gestures and paid tribute to the humanitarian role of HH Shaikh Nasser.

He said that Bahrain has always been among the first countries to offer relief and assistance to affected peoples and countries.

Source: Bahrain News Agency