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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Bollywood gets behind Kerala relief efforts

Shah Rukh Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez have donated, and are encouraging fans to do so too 

Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the Bollywood celebrities that have donated to the Kerala relief fund. Photo / AFP
Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the Bollywood celebrities that have donated to the Kerala relief fund. Photo / AFP

Flooding has displaced more than one million people in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala and killed more than 400.

In the wake of the devastation, some of Bollywood’s biggest stars have joined relief efforts. Reports say Shah Rukh Khan has donated Rs 21 lakh (Dh110,000), while Jacqueline Fernandez has given Rs 5 lakh (Dh26,279) to relief efforts.

Stars have taken to social media to try and encourage fans to contribute to the fund.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted:

Filmmaker Priyadarshan tweeted about handing over a cheque consisting of donations he and actor Akshay Kumar made to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund:

Alia Bhatt called the situation “heart breaking” and asked for donations to the relief fund:

While Anushka Sharma called the floods “gut-wrenching”:

Hrithik Roshan shared a post asking people to help with donations:

While Varun Dhawan also tweeted asking for those who could help to do so:

Race 3 star Jacqueline Fernandez also urged people to assist the needy:

While Shahid Kapoor shared a post telling people how they could help:

Millions of dollars in donations have poured in from India and abroad since the extent of the devastation became known. An Indian newspaper's front page went viral after it thanked the UAE for helping with flood relief efforts.

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Read more:

More than a million people in India flood relief camps

India's UAE ambassador calls for cash not supplies to aid flood-hit Kerala

Editorial: It is vital to help restore the dignity of Keralites who have lost everything

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