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RCS to spend Dh 45 million in tsunami-hit nations

posted on 13/02/2005: 674 views

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) will execute humanitarian projects worth Dh 45 million in the tsunami-hit South Asian nations. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and RCS Chairman, has heard reports by RCS delegations which visited these countries on the situation there.

Sheikh Hamdan instructed the RCS to carry out a number of health, educational and services projects in Indonesia and Sri Lanka as the most hit countries by the disaster at a total cost of Dh 45 million. The RCS's relief and emergency committee approved today a budget for these projects.

RCS Chairman Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi said Dh 31.3 million would be spent on projects in Indonesia while the rest of the money will go to humanitarian operations in Sri Lanka. In Indonesia, the RCS will construct 500 houses at a total cost of Dh 15.5 million, five orphanages (Dh 7.5 million) and five modern clinics (Dh 5.6 million). Around 25 health centre and the Indonesian Red Cross hospital will be maintained. A drinking water unit will also be commissioned.

In Sri Lanka, Dh 7.5 million will be allocated for building 300 houses, one million dirhams for ten schools and another similar amount for establishing and fitting five clinics. An orphanage will be established at a total cost of Dh 367,500.A total of 100 fishing boats costing one million dirhams will also be bought. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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