His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has ordered an emergency airlift of relief supplies worth $194,000 (AED712,500) to Haiti, one of the counties which have been left extensively battered in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The B747-400 Boeing which left Dubai International Airport at 4:30 am, September 7, is expected to land at Port-au-Prince, Haiti airport, at 8.00 pm UAE time today.
The airlift came as a response to a request from the United Nations World Food Programme and UNHRD partners
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The aircraft is said to be carrying more than 90 metric tonnes of important relief and survival items made available thanks to the coordinated efforts of International Humanitarian City (IHC) members, under the guidance of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
Some of the items on board include, but not limited to, food and non-food supplies such as pool testers, lighting equipment, mobile storage units, and water purification kits.
Earlier this year, emergency airlift was sent to Madagascar, South Sudan, Uganda and Iraq, making this the fifth relief plane to be sent in 2017.