The ruler of Dubai frees up another plane to deliver 100 tonnes of supplies to Madagascar.
Just months after HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum came to Haiti’s aid, the ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE has reached out to another cyclone-hit nation.
The royal has ordered 100 tonnes of emergency supplies be sent to the storm-ravaged island off the coast of Africa.
Cyclone Enawo, which finally dissipated on Sunday, has left at least 38 dead, another 180 people injured, and around 65,000 residents displaced.
In response, Sheikh Mohammed personally supplied an aircraft, which was loaded with Dhs1 million of aid organised by Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC), WAM reports.
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The effects of the devastating cyclone – described as the most powerful to hit Madagascar in 13 years – are predicted to affect 760,000 people across the country’s nine regions.
Among the emergency relief supplies sent by IHC are medicines, shelter kits, and high-energy foods, which should help tens of thousands of families.
This isn’t the first time Sheikh Mohammed has provided transport for emergency aid – the royal supplied an aircraft last October to send Dhs1.3 million of supplies to Haiti.
His wife, HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, even personally manned the delivery of 90 metric tonnes to Port-au-Prince following the deadly tropical cyclone, Hurricane Matthew.
Transported on a plane personally owned by Sheikh Mohammed, the supplies included water purification units, mosquito nets, medical supplies, tents and other support equipment.
Princess Haya also visited Haiti after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of 2010, which decimated the island and left tens of thousands dead.
The UAE is no stranger to foreign aid, and was even ranked as the biggest donor in the world in 2014.
Princess Haya addressed the UAE’s generosity in a speech earlier this year, adding that the nation’s contributions would continue.
“The UAE gave Dhs32 billion in aid [in 2015],” she said at the World Government Summit last month. “The UAE will continue in line with the Year of Giving to be one of the most humanitarian countries in the world.
“The goal of our leadership is clear, which is to build a future city of security and humanitarian. It is our responsibility, it is our humanity that future generations will hold us accountable for.”
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