UAE charity organization to send 40 tons of relief goods to floods-hit Yemen

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ABU DHABI, Oct 28, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- A charity organization of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced Tuesday that it will send 40 tons of relief goods to Yemen to help floods-hit victims in its eastern provinces, Emirates News Agency reported.

UAE's Red Crescent Authority (RCA) was quoted as saying that its plane will fly Yemen on Wednesday to deliver the essential food and relief supplies.

The delivery will be carried out in accordance to instructions by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to dispatch urgent humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in Yemen.

According to RCA Chairman Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, the charity organization had also transferred funds to its Sanaa office to purchase goods of assistance from Yemen's local markets to ensure prompt delivery of relief to the affected people.

"The RCA is closely following the latest development in Yemen as more losses were reported, a situation called for rushing more aid and doubling field operations in response to these changes," he added.

At least 61 people were killed and 31 were missing by floods caused by heavy rainfalls in Yemeni eastern provinces of Hadramout, Mahra and Taiz last week, according to Yemen's official SABA news agency on Tuesday.