The air cargo
transporting aid on behalf of the World Food
Programme, Catholic Relief Services, and CARE
came in response to the forecast of a monster
storm, Hurricane Irma, as it bears down South
America, and is expected to hit the Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Cuba in
the coming days.
Upon hearing about Irma,
believed to be one of the most powerful Atlantic
storms ever recorded, a quick mobilization
was crucial to be able to reach the destination
before any potential closure of airports.
It was made possible thanks to the coordinated
efforts of IHC and its members, under the
chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess
Haya Bint Al Hussein.
Princess Haya hailed the emergency airlift
as a symbol of the UAE commitment to humanitarian
assistance. "This rapid
response is the fruit of an unprecedented
cooperation and a proof of our robust support
to vulnerable populations all over the world,"
the relief and survival items, on board are
food and non-food supplies: 2000 tarpaulins,
enough high-energy biscuits to feed 47100
people over 3 days, mobile storage units,
lighting equipment, water purification kits,
and pool testers.
This is the fifth relief
plane sent in 2017 by IHC with the support
of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
to crisis and disaster-stricken areas; earlier
this year, aid was air dispatched to Madagascar,
South Sudan, Uganda and Iraq.
Similarly, HRH Princess
Haya flew last year in October 2016 to Haiti
and personally oversaw the delivery and distribution
of relief supplies after hurricane Matthew
had demolished the island.