Relief efforts for Iran quake-hit to continue

DUBAI - The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation's delegation, that left for Iran last week on board of one of the five relief flights sent in aid of the victims at the quake-hit city of Bam, returned home yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 3 Jan 2004, 12:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:15 AM

The delegation was headed by Ibrahim Bu Melha, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Justice Department, Dubai Attorney General and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation. It comprised representatives of a number of charity organisations including Al Maktoum Foundation, Sharjah Charity Association, Dubai Charity Association and Human Appeal International, as well as Dubai Relief City. It also included a rescue team with its equipment and sniffer dogs from Dubai Police in addition to doctors sent from the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services.

The relief campaign is launched on the instructions of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. It is being run by the foundation in coordination with several charity organisations in the country.

The delegation during its six-day stay in Iran familiarised itself with the requirements of the quake-hit city after being briefed by the officials of the Iranian Red Crescent.

The relief supplies were distributed to the affected people in cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent and was done in a way that it reached most affected families fast.

The foundation has launched an airlift operation last Sunday when it sent three relief flights, which carried more than 350 tonnes of relief equipment and materials including 3,000 tents, 40,000 blankets and heavy winter clothes in addition to sniffer dogs and other main requirements.

Those were followed by two other flights carrying more urgent goods such as tents, blankets, winter clothes, medicines and two mobile clinics.

Among the members of the delegation was Saeed bin Khadim Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the Sharjah Charity International. He took part in the coordination and supervisory programme under which consignments of foodstuff were distributed.

The foundation will continue its relief efforts along with other charity and humanitarian associations in the UAE. A Press conference will be held today at the foundation to announce the future relief plan.

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