The Government of Maldives has announced that it will be donating $50,000 to Kerala’s relief fund. The President’s Office said on Sunday that the donation is a ‘token contribution in solidarity with the people of India’.

“The Government of Maldives conveys profound sympathies to the Government and the people of India, in particular to those directly affected by the tragedy, as well as commiserations to the members of the bereaved families” a statement from the President’s Office said.

“India is our closest neighbour. Any natural disaster or calamity that strikes our neighbour has an emotional impact on Maldives. This donation is a small gesture to a neighbour and friend who has always stood by Maldives in its hours of need” said H.E  Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, ambassador of Maldives to India.