ERC deliver assistance to over 600,000 Yemenis

ABU DHABI, 28th October, 2015 (WAM) – With a strong team of 170 aid workers, the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has delivered humanitarian and relief assistance to 91, 987 families (643,909 persons) in the Governorate of Aden and surrounding cities in Yemen.
Recently, the ERC distributed 77,987 tons of food packages to poor families in the Governorate of Aden while citizens in Bab Al Mandab received 7,500 food packages.
In the Governorate of Shabwah, the ERC relief team delivered food supplies to 5,000 families and 1,500 food packages to families in Abyan city.
An ERC report said that the UAE’s major relief agency sent nine aid ship to Yemen before the liberation of Aden and three others afterwards. The nine ships were loaded with 18,322 tonnes of miscellaneous food items, equipment and machines for maintenance and reconstruction of public facilities in the Governorate of Aden.
Additionally, the ERC sent a land convoy of 85 trucks, carrying 31,000 food packages, through Saudi borders. Two planes airlifted 103 tonnes of food supplies and school bags.
The gross value of the dispatched relief assistance stood at AED63 million.
The ninth ship, which docked at Aden port recently, offloaded miscellaneous food materials, clothes, fuel, medical equipment, water pumps, generators, educational and health supplies, and 14 trucks. The ERC team is currently working to maintain and rehabilitate the sewer network.
In education, the ERC team is maintaining and rebuilding 154 schools in Aden and more than 64 schools were now ready to welcome students after they were fully maintained, furnished and equipped. Stationaries were distributed to students, who had already started their classes. Total cost of maintenance and reconstruction of schools reached AED81.3 million.
Within the UAE’s efforts to end disruption in electricity power supplies and qualify the electricity sector, the ERC has allocated AED220 million to maintain and operate power stations in the Governorate of Aden and deliver generators to these stations from the UAE directly. Fifty-four new generators will be purchased to qualify the Aden power transmission network. Life, business and economic and trade activities have begun to return to normalcy as operating capacity in power stations in Aden has reached 90 per cent now.