India rejects UAE’s $100m flood disaster fund offer


India on Wednesday rejected an offer by the United Arab Emirates government to give $100 million to the disaster relief fund for flood-stricken Kerala state.
“In line with the existing policy, the government is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts,” said a foreign ministry statement.
India has a record of refusing foreign aid after disasters. The ministry added that foreign money could only be donated through Indian-origin individuals or foundations.
The Kerala state chief minister called for “high level” talks with the national government so the UAE money could be accepted.