UAE gives Dh36.7m in aid to Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma

Assistance part of country's global humanitarian role

In this Sept. 11, 2017 photo, Larry Dimas walk around his destroyed trailer in Immokalee, Fla. Irma badly damaged Dimas' mobile home and destroyed another he used for rental income, making his tough life even harder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The United Arab Emirates has given Dh36.7 million worth of emergency aid to those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean islands, according to the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa.

"The humanitarian gesture aims to assist and enable international relief efforts to mitigate the suffering of the people on the Caribbean islands. The hurricane wreaked havoc on vital infrastructure and caused human loss," Wam reported.

Hurrican Irma left 38 dead on the Caribbean islands. The UAE's assistance is part of its humanitarian role towards people affected by natural disasters across the world.


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Last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, ordered emergency relief supplies to Haiti, ahead of the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Sheikh Mohammed was responding to a request from the United Nations World Food Programme and UNHRD partners.

In January, the UAE announced the establishment of a US$50m grant fund to support renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.