Consignments of Emergency Supplies from UAE-based Aid Agencies Flown to Haiti quake victims
OCFA documentation of the relief response to date estimated at
AED12,178,500; UAE contribution to Haiti effort reported to the United Nations Financial Tracking Service
The UAE aid community has mobilized emergency relief supplies and aid funds for earthquake victims in Haiti, with consignments of supplies, accompanied by delegations, from several local donor organizations already reaching the Caribbean country after it was hit by a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake earlier this month.
According to data provided to the UAE Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid (OCFA), the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) appealed for support in cash and in kind towards relief operations in Haiti. An RCA delegation left the UAE for Haiti via the Dominican Republic to coordinate distribution of the supplies. The first consignment of relief items - comprising shelter and medical equipment - also left for Haiti, coordinated by the Regional Logistic Centre of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in Panama. In addition, 100 tons of medical equipment, tents and blankets were dispatched to the Dominican Republic and a financial contribution of AED551,250 has also been made to the IFRC to provide relief assistance to the quake victims. During a meeting with an RCA delegation, Haitian President Rene Preval expressed appreciation to the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the generosity of the UAE’s assistance.
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has sent a total of 77 tons of relief items to date, including food and medical equipment and a team to evaluate the humanitarian situation on site.