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Emergency aid from Dubai dispatched to assist Sudan flood victims Filed on September 5, 2020 | Last updated on September 5, 2020 at 09.34 pm
Emergency aid, Dubai, dispatched, assist, Sudan, flood victims

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An estimated 125,000 refugees, internally displaced people and locals have been affected by the flooding.

An emergency aid flight was dispatched from Dubai to assist flood victims in Sudan and South Sudan.

The Emirates Sky Cargo B777F, carrying 100 metric tonnes of core relief items stored at the UNHCR's global stockpile - hosted by the International Humanitarian City (IHC) - arrived in Khartoum late on Friday.

"Following the approval for an aid flight from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the IHC worked with the UNHCR to ensure these life-saving supplies get to those who are suffering. This response is a prime example of the driving purpose behind Sheikh Mohammed's vision, to provide the aid agencies with the logistical support they need," said Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, chairman of the supreme committee for the supervision of the IHC.

An estimated 125,000 refugees, internally displaced people and locals have been affected by the flooding which severely damaged and destroyed homes, infrastructure and left many people without shelter, in East Sudan, White Nile and Darfur, in addition to the capital Khartoum and Omdurman.

Nadia Jbour, UNHCR head in the UAE, thanked Sheikh Mohammed for supporting theUN efforts. "In the aftermath of the heavy seasonal rains and the floods, thousands of people in desperate need of shelter, including refugees and internally displaced Sudanese people. Even before the recent floods, the UNHCR's operations in Sudan were severely underfunded, making today's support by UAE more critical.

"We urge the international community to come forward with further humanitarian life-saving support to displaced communities in Sudan," she added. 

Staff Reporter

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