WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — US Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a message of solidarity with the people of India,  as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage out of control in that country. Harris gave her address at the top of an online event called “Bolstering US COVID Relief Efforts in India: Perspectives from the Diaspora”. The event was organized by the US State Department.

And a new nonprofit called “South Asians for America” is launching to increase the political power of the South Asian diaspora community.  SAFA’s mission is to educate, advocate, engage, and mobilize in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels. The organization also aims to increase civic engagement and political participation. 

And amid India’s Covid-19 pandemic, it’s not just the rich and famous trying to escape the region. Upper-middle class families are pooling their resources to escape to nearby countries like the Maldives and Dubai. Private jet charter company JetSetGo says theres been a 900% surge in bookings, with 70-80 percent coming from the upper-middle class.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.