Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE has a “special responsibility to help and support those affected”.

The UAE has formed a national emergency committee to provide relief assistance to Kerala flood victims.

The south Indian state has this month been hit by its worst floods in over a century. More than 300 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

Over the weekend, the UAE’s leaders announced that the committee would be chaired by Emirates Red Crescent, and would include representatives from the UAE’s humanitarian organisations, WAM reported. The committee would also seek help from leaders of the Indian resident community.

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On Twitter, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, urged people to contribute generously towards the initiative.

“The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE,” he wrote.

“We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days.”

Sheikh Mohammed tweeted his message in Malayalam, the language spoken by people in Kerala, as well as Arabic and English.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Dubai ruler on Twitter for his support.

There are more than three million Indians living in the UAE, with many coming from Kerala. To donate to the Kerala flood relief fund, visit the Emirates Red Crescent website.

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