Abu Dhabi | Times of Sudan
Heir Apparent and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced emergency humanitarian assistance to those affected by the drought in Somalia.
The relief program includes a humanitarian air bridge carrying tens of tons of supplies to mitigate the effects of the drought.
The first air bridge flight has arrived in Mogadishu, and the ERC will now send an aid ship to support related efforts.
The ERC program also includes the delivery of water tankers to drought-displaced people and the drilling of large water wells in areas with severe water shortages.
Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary General of the ERC, highlighted the UAE leadership’s directives to intensify humanitarian, relief and development efforts to assist the Somali people.
The ERC has set up an ambitious program to meet the needs of drought-affected people, he said. It is making significant efforts to rehabilitate several regions in Somalia that are most affected by the crisis.
Several governments in Somalia are experiencing drought for three consecutive seasons. 4.6 million are in need of emergency assistance, and the drought has displaced 345,000 people.
The initiative is being overseen by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler Representative in Al Dhafra Province and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society (ERC), UAE, through the ERC.