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Khalifa Charity Foundation continues relief operations in Sidr-hit Bangladesh

posted on 26/12/2007: 707 views



Dhaka - Khalifa bin Zayed Charity Foundation continued its relief operations in Bangladesh devastated by the tropical cyclone Sidr, the deadliest cyclone to hit the country in a decade. Caravans of trucks loaded with relief aid from the Foundation are still moving towards the relief camps in an effort to alleviate the sufferings of the people hit by the cyclone which destroyed tens of thousands of homes in southwest Bangladesh and ruined much-needed crops just before harvest season in the impoverished, low-lying South Asian country. More than a million coastal villagers were forced to evacuate to government shelters.

A relief team member told Emirates News Agency (WAM) that as soon as the delegation's arrival in the country on 9th December; they held discussions with senior Bangladeshi government officials to streamline the relief operations in the most effective way. The meetings were attended by UAE ambassador to Bangladesh Khalfan Batal Ali Al Mansouri.

As part of the immediate relief, over 50000 blankets purchased from the local market were distributed among the villagers living in makeshift camps. The Foundation also distributed food items which will suffice for a week in several relief camps. An official said that over 40 tons of rice and 108 tons of edible seeds were distributed in the first phase of the relief operations.

The Foundation hired heavy trucks on the eve of the Eid Al Adha day, loaded them with food items and distributed them among the villagers worst hit by the devastating cyclone. The relief operations were supervised by the Foundation's relief team and the UAE embassy in Bangladesh along with local government officials. The relief operations continued during the Eid holidays and are still running in an effort to lessen the sufferings of the villagers worst hit by the cyclone, the official said. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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