Hundreds were killed and thousands left without homes after a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok. In response, Dubai’s International Humanitarian City this week sent a much-needed shipment of relief supplies to the devastated area, which has been rocked by a series of high-magnitude quakes and aftershocks since August.
“The deadly natural disaster has claimed the lives of at least 550 people, left nearly 400,000 people displaced, and caused damage and destruction to over 80,000 homes,” IHC tweeted as it revealed details of its airlift on its social media accounts. The philanthropic initiative transported 91 metric tons of shelter toolkits, tarpaulins, and blankets to the island, which were provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The airlift was made possible with the support of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, IHC added. The news was also shared by HRH Princess Haya bint Hussein, chair of IHC’s board of directors and wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed.
The airlift departed Dubai on Friday evening, bound for Lombok, which has also since declared a health emergency as an outbreak of malaria sweeps the island. It is not the first aid shipment that IHC has organized in recent months – together with the support of HH Sheikh Mohammed, multiple relief planes have been dispatched to Bangladesh this year. Carrying shelter supplies and other basic items, the shipments were destined to help Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps after fleeing persecution in their native Myanmar.