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Glasgow charity dinner raises funds for victims of flooding in Indian state of Kerala

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GLASGOW’S businessmen and women have raised over £9000 for the victims of flooding in the south Indian state of Kerala.

One hundred people, including the Indian Consul General and politicians Anas Sarwar and Martyn Day, turned up to a special charity dinner at Glasgow’s Dakhin restaurant who donated the venue, food and staff for free on the night.

Business PG Paper also sponsored the event as well as the new owners of TriBeCa restaurant.

The funds will be used to help with the infrastructure and rebuilding homes in Kerala for those who were devastated by the damage.

Indian Consul General Anju Ranjan, from Edinburgh, said: “I was shattered to see the loss of property and people following the flood in Kerala.

“More than five hundred people were killed and more than thirty five thousand people rescued and more than two million people were put in camps. It is very sad.

“Scotland and India have a shared history and the spices from Kerala like cardamom and pepper came over to Scotland after Scots went over there to work on the rubber plantations.”

As well as funds, the Consul General is keen to hear from anyone who can help with infrastructure in Kerala.

She explained: “There is no weather forecasting system in place like we have here and the children need help with education too.”

MP for Linlithgow Martyn Day, who was in Kerala when the disaster struck, also spoke of his experience visiting the worst hit areas.