UAE Dh35m aid for Goni-hit people in Philippines

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 4 November 2020: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has allocated Dh35 million to provide urgent humanitarian aid to people affected by typhoon ‘Goni’ in the Philippines.

It is on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the monitoring of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and ERC Chairman.

The aid includes large quantities of shelter material, as part of phase one of a series of aid programmes carried out by the ERC, which has completed its preparations to implement the directives of the leadership and provide rapid and urgent aid to those affected by the typhoon.

An ERC delegation travelled to Manila to oversee the relief operations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the most affected areas, in coordination with relevant local authorities, said official news agency Wam.

Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, said that Sheikh Hamdan has been following the humanitarian situation since the start of the typhoon, which reflects his keenness to monitor the effects of natural disasters that hit the Philippines and his unstinted support for those affected.

Sheikh Hamdan also directed the ERC to be always ready to respond to such crises and disasters, he added, noting that the rapid response of the UAE and its leadership to rescue those affected by the disaster in the Philippines highlights the influential role of the country in responding to humanitarian crises.

A programme to send Emirati aid is being drafted according to field reports and local humanitarian calls and will consider current urgent needs and comprise several phases, Al Falahi further said while pointing out that phase one will focus on shelter materials and will be followed by other phases that will provide for various needs, such as health, food and other humanitarian requirements.

The ERC is constantly monitoring the humanitarian situation and coordinating with relevant authorities, to provide the best services to those affected by the typhoon, he said in conclusion.

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