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RCA-UNHCR join hands to fund Dh29 million relief programme in Pakistan

posted on 20/09/2010: 1057 views



Secretary General of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) Mohammed Khalifa Al Qamzi announced yesterday that the first RCA's fund-raising campaign for relief of Pakistan's floods-victims had collected more than Dh 100 million till now.

'The raised fund is on the rise and that philanthropists have offered logistical and in-kind assistance to the humanitarian drive,' he said after sealing a partnership agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 'The overwhelming response from Emirati and resident philanthropists to the campaign underlines the deep culture of giving in those came forward,' he added.

He said the RCA-UNHCR will secure urgent shelter and essential household requirements to as many as 20 families in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KPK), the most affected region by floods.

'The RCA and UNHCR will jointly fund the Dh 29 million relief operation which is scheduled to come to end by November,' he added.

'The agreement is part of the broader partnership with the UNHCR through its GCC regional office,' he said, adding that this was not the first agreement with the UN agency and referred to the Sheikha Fatima fund for refugee women and children targeting IDPs in Afghanistan and Yemen.

According to him, the prime aim of the agreement is to alleviate suffering of the floods-victims as a result of the floods disaster which was tipped as far worse than tsunami in East Asia. The floods affected about 20 million people.

As far as assistance, he indicated that the RCA has so far sent four relief plane through its air bridge and more two aid aircrafts will leave to Pakistan on Monday and Tuesday.

He affirmed that the RCA stands ready to give hand in plans for reconstructions in Pakistan.

UNHCR Regional Representative Yacoub El Hillo, who signed the agreement with Al Qamzi, said paid tribute to the noble humanitarian efforts the leadership, government and people of the UAE were making to support floods-victims in Pakistan.

He disclosed joint RCA-UNHCR plans during the recovery from the crisis.

'Under the agreement, about 20,000 specially made tents (each accommodating seven persons) will be erected. Some 140,000 persons will benefit from this project,' he added.

Flood waters damaged 1.8 million homes and those affected need more than 100 million tents. UN estimates that US$ 2 billion are needed to ride over the ordeal. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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