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Red Crescent says contingency plans for catastrophes ready

posted on 27/03/2002: 602 views

Khalifa Nasir Al Suweidi, Board Chairman of the Red Crescent Society, today said that the Society had ready plans to face natural disasters that might hit any part of the country. Speaking after a meeting of the Society's Relief and Contingency Committee, Suweidi said that the Society was collaborating with other relevant authorities in the country within the federal plan for controlling disasters. He added that the Society had earmarked Dh30 million this year for social and relief assistance inside the country in addition to the funds that would be made available during emergencies.

The meeting reviewed the urgent needs of the Palestinian territories and approved an ambulance vehicle for the Jenin refugee camp and medicine and medical equipment for a number of other camps. It also approved funds to be distributed to the families of Palestinian martyrs in the refugee camps of Ramallah and the Gaza strip as well as extending some financial assistance to the families of the injured and prisoners. The meeting also approved a bus to be purchased for Jenin Charity Society and the establishment of a charity project, the proceeds of which would help to run the affairs of the Palestinian Awqaf and Religious Affairs Ministry.

The Committee reviewed a report on the completion of Al Aqsa project II, which was built at the cost of US$1.8 million. It also approved the setting up of a computer laboratory for deaf in the Pakistan National Centre for the Deaf in Lahore as well as drilling 10 water wells in Sudan. The Committee also reviewed the arrangements made so far for the opening of the Society's office the Afghani capital Kabul as well as the progress of the UAE assistance to Afghanistan. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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