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RCA delivers aid to Bangladeshis affected in Sidr cyclone

posted on 17/03/2008: 610 views



The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has conducted a relief programme to those affected in the deadly Sidr cyclone, which hit Bangladesh last year. The RCA delivered huge quantities of food upon instructions of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and chairman of the RCA, in order to alleviate suffering of the victims.

Dr Saleh Al Taie, secretary general of the RCA said that "the RCA has dispatched relief services through humanitarian programme that meets instructions of the UAE leadership to promptly assist the victims of the deadly cyclone", adding that the instructions of Sheikh Hamdan were in line with keen commitment to alleviate suffering of those affected in the cyclone.

He added that the relief programme largely focused on the needs of children and women- being the largest hit category, indicating that the RCA delegation dispatched hundreds of tonnes from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to the affected areas through bumpy roads, damaged by floods. About 12, 000 families benefited from the relief programme.

The deadliest cyclone killed 500, 000 in 1970 in Bangladesh, followed by another low scaled cyclone which claimed 140, 000 lives. On the 15th November, 2007, cyclone Sidr caused nightmare in Bangladesh, ripping through the south western coast killing thousands of people, demolishing houses, crops, livestock and left a trail of devastation over thousands of square kilometres. The winds reached 240km per hour hitting the coast at 7.30 pm on 15th November and cutting off all communications and utility services across the country. It claimed lives of thousands of people. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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