Relief aid flown into Socotra
ABU DHABI // Two more planes carrying relief aid, equipment and food have been sent to the Yemeni Island of Socotra by under the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa.
The first plane to arrive delivered electrical equipment and generators while the second shipped 15 tonnes of food.
The aid was in addition to the 100 tonnes of food sent by the foundation in December following cyclone Megh, which caused widespread destruction and resulted in 14 deaths in November.
Since the tropical storm hit, the foundation has renovated a secondary school on the island and dispatched thousands of tonnes of food, tents and blankets for island residents.
The ongoing conflict in Yemen has prolonged the after-effects of the cyclone with locals continuing to suffer from food shortages.
The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development said two million Yemenis have benefited from Dh1.64 billion in humanitarian aid from the UAE.
The focus of this aid has been food, energy, health, education and water as well as funds being used to rebuild and repair infrastructure.
The UAE has also announced it will provide an extra US$20 million (Dh73.6m) to support humanitarian operations run by UN agencies and the International Red Crescent working in Yemen.
Updated: February 16, 2016 04:00 AM