A Dubai expatriate passed away rescuing kids from the devastating floods in his hometown of Malappuram in Kerala.
Expatriate passed away rescuing kids
Razak Akkiparambil, a 42-year-old Dubai expatriate was in India to attend his daughter’s wedding in Malappuram, Kerala.
Shareef, his brother-in-law, invited the newlyweds and the bride’s family to his house for lunch. Things took a turn for the worse when Razak’s 16-year-old son and 12-year-old nephew fell into the floodwaters in a paddy field near Shareef’s house.
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He attempted to rescue the kids but drowned after he jumped into the water.
Worked in Dubai for ten years
Razak worked at an Indian school in Dubai for a decade. Floods hit his house in Kerela last year and some colleagues helped him raise money to renovate the home in time for the daughter’s wedding.
The school held a condolence memorial for Razak.
90 people dead and 59 missing in Kerala floods
Kerala has been affected by some of the worst floods in over a century, claiming 90 lives and 59 reported missing. A Red alert has been issued in districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode, and an Orange alert has been issued in districts of Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod.
UAE issues travel advisory for Kerala
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) warns UAE Nationals and residents not to travel to Kerala. Any Emirati in the city or its districts must call either 00919087777737 or 80044444 for assistance.