UAE begins operating Air Bridge to provide relief to flood victims in Sudan

World Sunday 28/August/2022 16:34 PM
UAE begins operating Air Bridge to provide relief to flood victims in Sudan

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has begun operating an air bridge to Khartoum to transport large quantities of relief aid and shelter materials for those affected by the torrential rains and floods in Sudan.

This came under the directives of UAE President His Highness Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the supervision of Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) HH Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The first aircraft has left the country, carrying 30 tons of various shelter materials, and will be followed by three additional planes. The planes will be received by the ERC delegation, which has already set base in Sudan to provide victims with support and assistance, and supervise the relief program that has been underway for several days, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The ERC is overseeing the operation of the air bridge, which will deliver aid to over 140,000 victims and displaced persons across a number of Sudanese states that have been most impacted, including Blue Nile, Khartoum and Gezira.

The relief supplies include around 10,000 tents, 28,000 food and medical aid parcels, 120 tonnes of various shelter materials, as well as urgent relief materials, which will help improve the living conditions of the affected population, and support the efforts of Sudanese and other relevant entities in containing the crisis.

To date, the delegation has provided large quantities of humanitarian aid acquired from local markets in Sudan.

The ERC delegation arrived in Khartoum soon after the crisis started, and has been travelling between the most disaster-stricken states, especially Blue Nile and Gezira.

 “With the arrival of the first flight of the UAE relief air bridge, the UAE aid to the Sudanese floods-affected people signifies the depth of Emirati-Sudanese ties,” the Head of the ERC delegation to Sudan Mohammed Khamis Al Kaabi said.

“Based on UAE’s deeply-rooted values and principles in stepping up the emergency humanitarian response and humanitarian solidarity with people in light of the difficult circumstances they are going through, with the aim of alleviating the suffering of Sudanese families and improving their living conditions.”