Flights will carry 100 tonnes of blankets, tents, medical supplies and other humanitarian goods
In order to provide relief for those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, Emirates is setting up an airbridge with the International Humanitarian City (IHC), to transport urgent supplies, medical items and equipment to support aid and search and rescue activities in both countries.
The first shipments will comprise thermal blankets and family tents from UNHCR, followed by World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Food Programme (WFP) relief cargo of medical kits and shelter items, co-ordinated by the IHC in Dubai.
In the coming days, more consignments of blankets, tents, shelter kits, flash lights, water distribution ramps and trauma and emergency health kits will be transported on Emirates.
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Emirates SkyCargo will also dedicate cargo space for around 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief goods over the course of the next two weeks across its daily flight operations to Istanbul.
The supplies will then be delivered by local organisations to affected areas in southern Turkey and northern Syria, supporting on-the-ground responders and providing much needed aid to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the earthquakes.
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Emirates chairman and chief executive HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: "We stand with the Turkish and Syrian people and are working with experts, like the International Humanitarian City, to help provide urgent relief to those affected and displaced by the earthquakes, as well as support the complex recovery efforts on the ground..
“Emirates also supports the UAE’s ongoing humanitarian efforts to support Turkey and Syria, and Dubai’s unique position as the world’s largest international aid logistics hub means that we can efficiently reach disaster stricken areas and the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible."
For more information, visit www.emirates.com