Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai ordered an aid airlift to Sierra Leone to deliver core relief items to communities affected by a landslide last month.
An Airbus A330 aircraft carrying around 50 metric tons of humanitarian aid departed from Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport for Sierra Leone.
More than 1,000 people were killed and 3,000 left homeless by a deadly mudslide, which swept away homes in and around Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, in August. Rhree days of heavy rains had led to devastating floods and a massive landslide.
The aid supplies were sent from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) stocks at the International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC) to bring relief to 5,000 people. The items sent include blankets, hygiene and kitchen kits, mosquito nets, and tarpaulins.
“They are struggling to rebuild their lives and critical humanitarian support is still needed,” said Jagan Chapagain, IFRC 's Under Secretary General for Programs and Operations.
Founded in 2003, IHC is chaired by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and is the largest humanitarian hub in the world.