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RCA team leaves for Sri Lanka

posted on 27/06/2007: 799 views

A delegation from the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will leave for Sri Lanka today to handover the housing projects taken up by RCA to the Tsunami victims who lost their homes in the tidal waves. The housing projects include Sheikh Khalifa City, the Emirates village, Sheikha Fatima Girls Hostel in Colombo and a housing complex built at the expenses of Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works in Hambantota city. The projects were implemented at a total cost of Dh20million.

Asst. Secretary General for domestic affairs at the RCA Mohammed Habroush Al Rumaithi who heads the delegation said that these projects were carried out in translation of the keenness of 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 to alleviate the sufferings Tsunami victims in various countries.

He noted that the projects were completed in a record time due to the active follow up from Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Red Crescent Society who insisted the completion of the projects in speedy manner to give shelter to those who lost heir homes in the natural disaster.

Al Rumaithi noted that the Sheikh Khalifa city is consisted of 1024 housing units, school, mosque and a health care centre built at a cost of Dh11.9 million, while the emirates village has 524 housing units built at a cost of Dh.4.6million. He added that these two projects were implemented in cooperation with UN HABITAT programme. The RCA delegation will inaugurate these two townships during their visit.

The delegation will also dedicate to the country the Sheikha Fatima Girls' Hostel built in Colombo at a cost of Dh1.1 million and another complex consisting of 20 housing units built by Zayed Foundation at a cost of Dh368,000.

Al Rumaithi said that the delegation will also survey a number of humanitarian projects in Sri Lanka during heir visit and will study the possibility in financing them as part of its humanitarian and developmental agenda.

The delegation also includes Director of Information and Public Relations of RCA Abdul Rahman Al Tunaiji. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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