New Delhi: An ambassador from Thailand confirmed in a tweet that India has made it clear that it would not accept international aid for flood relief in Kerala.
Thailand's Ambassador to India Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi tweeted that he has been informally informed that India is not accepting overseas donations. "Informally informed with regret that the Government of India is not accepting overseas donations for Kerala flood relief. Our hearts are with you, the people of Bharat".
Marking an era of self-reliance, India has refused all bilateral aid for disaster as its economy grew. It did not even accept bilateral aid after the 2004 tsunami and Uttarakhand floods.
Informally informed with regret that GOI is not accepting overseas donations for Kerala flood relief. Our hearts are with you the people of Bharat. https://t.co/b4iyc3aQez— Ambassador Sam (@Chutintorn_Sam) August 21, 2018
After the tsunamis, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said, "We feel that we can cope with the situation on our own and we will take their help if needed".
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had on Tuesday offered USD 100 million (around Rs 700 crore) as financial assistance for flood relief operation in Kerala.
The floods in Kerala, worst in a century, have claimed lives of 231 people in the last 10 days besides rendering over 14 lakh people homeless.
The ministry of home affairs had on Monday declared the floods a "severe calamity" and clarified that there is no provision to declare any calamity as national calamity under the Disaster Management Act.