Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan encouraged the Malayali people in Europe to help flood-stricken Western European countries on Saturday.
Vijayan expressed sympathy for the nations affected by floods during his daily briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the State. Vijayan stated, “I call to Malayalis in European countries to reach out and lend their support.”
He thanked them for their “invaluable” assistance after Kerala was hit by floods in 2018 and 2019, which killed over 600 people and destroyed much of the state.
“The King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Queen Maxima, paid us a visit, for which we are eternally grateful,” Vijayan said. The Dutch royal family visited Kerala in 2019 as part of their first state visit to India.
The royals also paid visits to New Delhi and Mumbai as part of their itinerary. The Dutch group met in Kerala to discuss ways to collaborate in a variety of areas, including inland water management, flood control, and agriculture.
Floods have wreaked havoc across Western Europe, according to news sources. Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands have all been affected. According to agency reports, a national disaster has been declared in a province in the Netherlands.