Ruler of Dubai offers private jet to aid Mozambique humanitarian logistics
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has handed over his Boeing 747 to deliver humanitarian aid to communities devastated by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
Idai made landfall in Mozambique’s fourth largest city of Beira last Thursday. Winds exceeding 177kph tore corrugated iron roofs off houses, turning them into lethal flying blades.
More than 90% of the city was destroyed, and more than 300 people were confirmed killed, with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi having warned that up to 1,000 will likely have died.
Authorities are still searching for bodies amid the devastation.
The city now faces food shortages, a lack of clean drinking water and hundreds of thousands without shelter.
According to Dubai Media Office, the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai is working with its partners to provide relief to more than 400,000 people in the affected areas.
The IHC has already sent a 97-metric-tonne shipment of humanitarian aid to Maputo, the Mozambique capital.
The air freighter was loaded with medicine, telecommunications equipment, tents, and shelter toolkits and the operation cost around US $548,000.
It was supported through the IHC’s emergency fund, and was arranged by the IHC to support the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), a logistics consortium of UN agencies and NGOs involved in relief and development.
The relief items came from stocks maintained at the IHC in Dubai by the World Food Programme’s telecommunications and coordination support services team, the World Health Organization, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, the Swedish Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.