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UAE sends relief to Tanzania

posted on 01/07/2002: 766 views

UAE will send urgent humanitarian relief aid to victims of Tanzania's worst ever train disaster that took place last Monday. The dispatch of aid comes in compliance with directives from President H.H Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The relief will be carried out by the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, which is chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

An RCS delegation will fly to the Tanzanian capital, Dar-Es- Salam in the coming two days to distribute the relief to the victims, said Sana'a Darwish Al Ketbi, Secretary General of the RCS. The 100 thousand- US dollar aid comprises medical supplies and will be purchased from local markets in Tanzania in coordination with the Tanzanian Red Cross, Al Ketbi added.

Last Monday a passenger train carrying around 1,000 people rolled back down its track, while it was climbing at high speed a steep hill , into a goods train near Dodoma Park claiming 281 lives in what was believed to be the worst ever train crash in this East African country. This is not the first time UAE sends aid to Tanzania. In 1998, the RCS implemented a humanitarian programme to the needy that comprised purchase of plentiful supplies of food and in 1999 it sent financial support in favour of the operations which the International Association of Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies was implementing to improve refugee conditions in Tanzania. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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