Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, has dispatched emergency relief planes to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid to Kabul in order to assist hundreds of thousands of people in the areas of Afghanistan devastated by last week’s catastrophic earthquake.
UAE State news agency WAM said on Wednesday that a cargo flight from Dubai to Kabul took out on Tuesday carrying 24.5 metric tonnes of essential medicines, medical supplies, and cholera kits that were provided by the WHO.
A senior UAE health official, Giuseppe Saba was quoted by Alarabiya News agency that “The [International Humanitarian City] IHC [in Dubai], under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is accelerating the rapid response of the international humanitarian community as it rallies to come to the aid of those impacted by the disaster.”
As a result of the earthquake, the landlocked country in Southern Asia, Afghanistan, needs immediate humanitarian assistance. There are also concerns about the possibility of a cholera breakout in addition to the already severe humanitarian situation in the southeast earthquake-stricken region of Afghanistan.
More than 1,000 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless by the high magnitude earthquake that struck on Wednesday.
The consignment comes at a time when another 30 tonnes of humanitarian assistance, including essential food supplies, were supplied by the UAE last week.