The 240 kph winds and 12-foot storm surges displaced over 1 million people, making this the worst natural disaster to hit Southeast Asia since the 2004 Tsunami.
The UN says that Myanmar has signalled it will welcome aid supplies for disaster victims, clearing the way for a major relief operation by the UN and other organizations.
The Red Crescent Society said it had released Dhs700,000 to help with the aftermath of the storm and will be sending its first shipment of 40 tons of supplies on May 14th.
The shipment will include tents, blankets, food, and medical equipment.
“UAE-based residents are in an excellent position to donate as well,” commented Mohammed Alzaroni, general manager of Red Crescent. “Victims are desperate for our help, not just in the form of monetary aid, but in the way of new clothing, food, blankets, etc.” The Red Crescent Society is currently the main UAE-based charity organization to which residents can donate for relief efforts to Myanmar.
To further attest to the Society’s effectiveness, Pure Gold’s Chairman Firoz Merchant said, “The Red Crescent Society is where we should focus our attention in providing help to the disaster victims. The Society was created for humanitarian relief to catastrophe-stricken areas. This is the perfect opportunity for us as a community, whether it be private companies or philanthropic individuals, to come forward and really make a difference”.
Pure Gold donated an undisclosed amount to the Red Crescent Society in support of the Myanmar disaster victims.
Teams from Doctors Without Borders found 80 percent of houses damaged and meter-high flood waters in some areas of Daala and Twante townships, where 300,000 people lived.
Damage to the main rice-growing region has been devastating and there are concerns of food hoarding and reports of some food items running out.
Although many aid workers are awaiting visa approval to enter the country, receiving monetary aid is important in facilitating efforts to create care packages with clean water, food, clothing, and medicine so that emergency supplies can be shipped out as soon as possible.
“Now is a critical time to donate with so many lives on the line. We can’t assume the death toll will remain at 28,500 with the number of people still missing and displaced, as well as the minimal aid and help that Myanmar has received thus far.
This is an important moment for UAE-based companies and individuals to lead by example in offering our help,” reinforced Mr. Alzaroni of the Red Crescent Society. “People can come to any of our locations to donate money or drop off supplies. We even have drop locations in Burjuman, Wafi City, and Emirates Mall”.
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