Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) signed a cooperation agreement with Yemeni Socotra Governorate to promote development and reconstruction efforts and support those affected by Hurricane Meg that hit the archipelago in November.
The signing ceremony in Socotra on Sunday was attended by Khaled Bahah, Vice-President, Prime Minister of Yemen, and ministers of Health, Housing and Youth.
The deal was signed by Mohammad Yousuf Al Fahim, Deputy Secretary-General of Support Services, ERC, and Brigadier Salem Abdullah Issa, Governor of Socotra.
Under the agreement, the ERC will finance and implement a number of humanitarian programmes and development projects in the areas of housing, health, education, electricity and water services as well as relief operations.
Al Bahah praised the humanitarian efforts and development undertaken by the UAE's ERC under the leadership of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of ERC. He said the authority's response to the current humanitarian situation in Socotra archipelago exceeded all expectations.
Al Fahim stressed the interest of UAE leadership in enhancing humanitarian services in Socotra.
Meanwhile, ERC cargo plane carrying relief aid to inhabitants, arrived in Socotra.