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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Dubai Ruler sends emergency airlift with 50 tonnes of supplies to help Jordan's flood victims 

Heavy flooding has led to 12 deaths

The Boeing 747 from the Dubai royal family's fleet is loaded with humanitarian aid supplies ahead of its flight to help the victims of flooding in Jordan. Courtesy Dubai Media Office
The Boeing 747 from the Dubai royal family's fleet is loaded with humanitarian aid supplies ahead of its flight to help the victims of flooding in Jordan. Courtesy Dubai Media Office

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has ordered an emergency airlift to help the victims of flooding in Jordan.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai ordered a Boeing 747 from Dubai's royal fleet and a C130 Hercules transport carrier to carry more than 58 tonnes of health, food and sanitation supplies to Jordan. Temporary shelters were also sent.

Both planes landed on Monday and the aid is already on its way to those in need.

Flash floods have swamped Jordan in the past few days. Twelve people have died and evacuation orders forced up to 4,000 tourists to leave the ancient city of Petra.

Torrential rains also caused problems in the port city of Aqaba.

The flooding comes two weeks after more than 20 people drowned in floods in the Dead Sea area.

The Dubai operation was co-ordinated by Princess Haya, chairwoman of International Humanitarian City, a logistics centre in the Dubai desert. It was also co-ordinated with the National Crisis Centre in Jordan.

Princess Haya is a Jordanian royal family member and is known for her humanitarian work.

The airlift to Jordan is the latest in series of humanitarian missions made by Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed has also ordered scores of airlifts to Myanmar to help the Rohingya refugees.

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