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UAE sends urgent humanitarian assistance to the Pacific Islands hit by Cyclone Pam

posted on 20/03/2015: 974 views

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan has ordered US$1.2 million to be made available for emergency relief efforts, immediately, to the affected islands of the South Pacific as a result of the tropical Cyclone Pam.

Thousands of people have been affected by the worst tropical cyclone in over a decade, resulting in deaths and injury in the islands of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati as well as Tuvalu.

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) said, ‘‘We are deeply saddened by the sheer extent of damage caused by Cyclone Pam and are closely following developments. The UAE's outreach to the Pacific Islands is an integral part of our belief that developing countries have a responsibility to stand by each other in times of need. The UAE's assistance is a natural extension of a long term commitment to the Pacific Islands, with whom we have partnered for five years disbursing a US$50 million fund for projects in the areas of sustainable development and disaster risk management."

As the most generous donor in international rankings, the UAE is among the first to respond to calls for relief assistance.

On Friday, 13 March, a category five Cyclone Pam hit the Vanuatu archipelago with sustained winds of up to 340 kilometres an hour. A number of other islands including Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands have been affected, with many people having lost their homes.

Electricity and water supplies have been badly affected. Cyclone Pam hit as the international community gathered for a UN conference in Sendai, Japan, on disaster risk reduction. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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