NEW DELHI, Dec 8, 2015:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has pledged a Malaysian government cash aid of US$1 million (about RM4.2 million) to the Chennai Flood Relief Fund to ease the difficulties faced by people of the south Indian city hit by two major waves of floods.

Malaysia’s Special Envoy to India and South Asia for Infrastructure Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he had spoken to Najib yesterday on the difficulties faced by people of Chennai and requested a donation to be channelled to the fund.

“PM agreed to my request, and the government of Malaysia and its people always help other nations in times of need on humanitarian grounds,” said he said when contacted Bernama here today.

Samy Vellu said the contribution would be handed over to the Tamil Nadu state government as soon as possible.

“The contribution also reflects PM’s kindness and generosity in coming to the aid of our fellow Tamils who are suffering due to the devastating floods,” added the former minister.

In a related development, Samy Vellu also said he would discuss with officials of the Tamil Nadu government in providing long-term assistance to the state.

According to state officials, more than 500 people had lost their lives so far in flood-related incidents.

Thousands of people in Chennai have been displaced after much of the city was inundated by rising water levels.

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