ABU DHABI, 28th April, 2016 (WAM) – The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has laid a foundation stone to set up the residential city for those affected by hurricanes in Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago.

The move comes in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the follow up by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC.

The project will house the affected people. It includes 220 residential units, with health, educational and service facilities.

Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, stressed that the directives of the leadership would boost development and humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the UAE in Yemen, which is experiencing major humanitarian challenges.

He added that Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed monitors the ERC operations in Yemen, and urges to intensify the relief and development efforts to meet the needs of the people of Yemen in all fields.

Al Falahi added that the ERC set an ambitious plan to enhance its response to the unfolding humanitarian situation in Socotra Archipelago. He stressed that the residential city for those affected in Socotra “is deemed an advanced and qualitative leap step in the development efforts of the ERC Archipelago, which faces many humanitarian and development challenges due to frequent natural disasters.”

The ERC delegation, led by Mohammed Yousef Al Fahim, Deputy Secretary-General for Support Services, in presence of Brigadier Salem Abdullah Eisa Al Socotari, Governor of Socotra Archipelago and a number of officials, laid the foundation stone of the city project, scheduled to be completed by the year-end.

Brigadier Al Socotari commended the humanitarian and development efforts shouldered by the ERC in Yemen, noting that the response to the current humanitarian situation in Socotra Archipelago exceeded expectations.