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UAE sets up field hospital for Indonesian Mt. Merapi victims

Nov 8, 2010 - 05:10 -

WAM ABU DHABI, Nov. 8th, 2010: The UAE's Red Crescent Authority is setting up a field hospital in Indonesia to help locals affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in central Java.

The move is in line with directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and in response to appeals by Indonesian officials to help the local population.

RCA is directly coordinating the emergency effort with Indonesian local authorities in Central Java, Yogyakarta to reach people in the areas affected by the volcano which began spewing lava, superheated gas and deadly clouds of ash two weeks ago, and has forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, according to Khdeim Al-Dere'i, head of the UAE World Humanitarian Field Hospital.

The field hospital team will work 20 kilometers away from the volcano and within the safe zone set up by authorities.

The unit will be staffed by more medical and administrative workers upon directives from H.H Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister '&' Minister of Interior, according to head of medical services at the Interior Ministry Brig. Salem Al-Junaibi.

Interior Ministry is a strategic partner to the UAE World Humanitarian Field Hospital.

WAM/MMYS