Emirati and Filipino volunteers prepare to send aid to volcano-hit communities
Ruler of Dubai highlights support for UAE's Taal volcano appeal
Volunteers packed boxes with essentials on Saturday as the UAE got ready to send an aid shipment to families fleeing the Taal volcano in the northern Philippines.
Emiratis and Filipinos prepared boxes destined for villagers who fled their homes on and around the island volcano in Batangas province.
Taal continued to be active at the weekend and seismologists recorded hundreds of volcanic earthquakes under the island. The tremors suggest the boiling of groundwater, which could manifest as steam or an explosion.
"Today, we saw humanity and tolerance unfold through the Emirates Red Crescent's campaign that brought our citizens together with Filipino residents to provide aid to families affected by the Taal volcano in the Philippines," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted.
"Humanity defines our society."
Images of thousands of Filipinos queuing for food and water in makeshift camps spurred offers of help from far and wide. The UAE is home to more than 700,000 Filipinos.
Writing last week, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said the UAE would help victims of the volcano in any way it could.
"Our hearts go out to the people of Philippines after the eruption of the Taal volcano," he tweeted.
"We pray that these tough times are over with the least losses. The UAE stands in solidarity with the Philippines in these difficult times and is ready to provide all support and assistance."
Updated: January 26, 2020 10:59 AM