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Emirates carries first shipment of 100 tents

posted on 30/12/2004: 650 views

The Dubai rescue team in Indonesia is continuing its rescue mission and has reported 2,000 dead and 80 per cent of buildings destroyed in Banda Aceh. The 25-member team reached Jakarta from Singapore on December 28.

Omar Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Head of the Control Section at the Dubai Police Operations Room, said he has been in touch with the rescue team since they left.

The control room is also cooperating with other heads of rescue organisations such as the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation, who accompanied the Dubai rescue team.

Dubai Police supplied the rescue team with satellite phones in order to keep in contact when they are in areas with no network coverage. The team has said that earthquake aftershocks are expected to continue for another 14 days, but no major incidents are expected.

Emirates airline is also providing humanitarian relief and aid to the survivors of the tsunamis in South Asia last Sunday. The first 100 tents of a shipment of 1,000 donated by a local Sri Lankan benefactor have already been dispatched by Emirates SkyCargo from Dubai to Colombo, as well as five tonnes of food from Dubai to the Maldives.

Over the next few days, the airline will procure, provide and transport relief materials, either free of charge or at extremely reduced rates. Ten tonnes of food, medicine and clothes will be sent to Colombo by Emirates Group. The remaining 900 tents will go on regular Emirates flights. Relief vehicles and 4,000 tents from the Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Society in Dubai, a total of 200 tonnes, will be carried in two Boeing 747-200 freighters.

Relief and medical supplies will be transported free of charge from Gothenburg to Colombo, commissioned by the Sri Lankan embassy in Sweden. Emirates has procured 30 tonnes of bottled water and secured the entire cargo hold of a flight to Male in the Maldives. One hundred and eighty three cartons of clothing and blankets, amounting to 2.5 tonnes of relief goods, from the Airport Fire Services at Manchester will be transported free of charge.

Thirty five tonnes of tarpaulins from Unicef, Dubai will be sent to Jakarta. A combined total of 90 tonnes of relief goods from the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Tehran will be sent to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and Delhi.

Relief supplies from Paris sent by Medicor, a French Doctor's Association, are going to Madras Emirates SkyCargo is working closely with Sri Lankan Airlines to facilitate quick transport, provide cargo space and coordinate relief activities. Emirates is also co-sponsoring the airport emergency team based in Dubai, part of the Disaster Resource Network, a non-profit consortium of blue-chip companies. (The Gulf News)


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