UAE begins new humanitarian mission in Pakistan

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has started its new humanitarian programme in Pakistan to help people affected by the floods which hit the country last August.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 00:59 AM IST

Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates (UAE) has started its new humanitarian programme in Pakistan to help people affected by the floods which hit the country last August.

The latest mission has been set up as part of UAE Red Crescent Authority`s second phase of the relief programme. During the first phase, hundreds of tonnes of food, medical aid and blankets were provided to those affected by floods in three regions of Pakistan.

Six aircrafts, carrying 240 tonnes of relief materials, as well as three ships carrying about 1,500 tonnes of aid have been sent to Pakistan, said Saleh Al Tai, UAE RCA`s Deputy Secretary General.

The authority has also set up mobile clinics, which has provided treatment and medicines to over 100,000 patients since last summer.

The cost of the programme has reached over AED 32 million ($8.7 million) .

UAE helps the world`s needy populations through its Red Crescent Authority (UAE RCA).

--IANS