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RCA rescues Sudan's floods victims

posted on 18/07/2007: 862 views



A delegation from the UAE Red Crescent Authority, ECA, will fly Wednesday to Sudan to deliver urgent relief supplies to victims of flash floods which hit several parts of Sudan. "The humanitarian aid to Sudan is in response to instructions by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and RCA Chairman", said RCA Board Chairman Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi.

"President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is closely following up on the situation in Sudan affected by flash floods and downpours which has recently hit most regions of the country", he stresses.

"An RCA's massive and ambitious humanitarian relief programme is in place to provide a diverse package of urgent relief assistance including foodstuff, medical supplies and tents for people who were rendered homeless in affected areas", he added. "While in Sudan, the RCA team will oversee the relief operations and tour disaster-hit regions to assess the magnitude of damage and their real requirements", he added.

For swift delivery of assistance, he explained, a part of relief supplies would be secured from local markets in Sudan. He indicated that the most hit regions by floods were the Provinces of Khartoum, White Nile, Jezira and Kordofan. Powerful downpours had wrecked havoc to eastern parts of the capital Khartoum where floods had washed away a number of villages.

"Homeless villagers are living in dire humanitarian conditions," he added, affirming that RCA would spare no effort to alleviate the suffering of affected people. "We are aware of the huge devastation caused by the disaster in Sudan and therefore our relief programme will be very extensive to measure up to the event", he concluded. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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