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UAE Red Crescent Society continues relief to Tsunami victims

posted on 02/01/2005: 600 views

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), under its Chairman Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign has been closely following the looming humanitarian disaster in Asia in the wake of the devastating tsunamis that hit the region last week.

"Sheikh Hamdan has followed the aftermath of the tsunamis with great concern and has ordered the RCS to intensify its efforts to alleviate the suffering of those affected people,” said RCS Secretary General Sanaa Darwish Al Qitbi.

Qitbi revealed that the organization will dispatch more relief planes to affected countries, the latest of which will leave on Sunday to the Sri Lankan capital , Colombo. The airlifts would provide equipment for shelter for the affected population. To be airlifted by the Etihad Airways, the aid material include, foodstuff, tents, blankets, cooking equipment and jerrycans. Al Qitbi pointed out that efforts are in full swing to speed up delivery of aid to victim in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Indonesia in coordination with the UAE missions in those countries.

In Indonesia, the RCS held a meeting with its Indonesian counterpart to coordinate the delivery of relief to Aceh in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra which was badly affected by the disaster, which left tens of thousands dead across a dozen countries. The meeting was attended by Yusuf Al Sharhan, UAE ambassador to Indonesia.

In remarks after the meeting ambassador Sharhan said the RCS had purchased large quantities of medicines and other supplies from the local market and will soon airlifted to the region. He said the RCS office in Jakarta is working the round the clock the meet the needs of the victim. The office provides reports on daily basis for the decision markers so as to address the looming problems adequately. The UAE envoy further revealed that the situation is further deteriorating in the affected areas and this calls for intensification of relief efforts.

Meanwhile, the RCS has responded positively to a request by Thailand-bound German vessel currently berthing at Fujairah Port. The German vessel which is carrying relief items to Thailand, had requested additional relief supplies from the UAE's RCS, mainly beds, blankets and other shelter items. The RCS response is part of the global efforts to alleviate the suffering of million of tsunami victims in the eight affected countries in Asia. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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