By Gavin Gibbon
Emirates Red Crescent to lead operations in Manila and dispatch air relied missions
The UAE is providing urgent aid to those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines.
A delegation from the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is to be sent to Manila to lead its field relief operations, purchase basic requirements from local markets and supervise the delivery to those affected.
ERC will also dispatch air relief missions carrying essential supplies.
Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, ERC secretary-general, said: “Sheikh Hamdan (chairman of ERC) has directed the ERC to fulfil the needs of those affected and intensify its humanitarian response in the Philippines.”
The organisation is working closely with the UAE Embassy in Manila and the Philippine Red Cross to deliver the aid immediately.
The island site was buried by massive deposits of ash when Taal erupted last week. The volcano shot ash 15 kilometres (nine miles) high in the January 12 eruption, which crushed scores of homes and killed livestock as well as crops.
Seismologists have warned the volcano could imminently unleash a much bigger eruption, posing a deadly risk to anyone in the 14-kilometre radius "danger zone" that surrounds it.
More than 110,000 people have taken refuge in shelters away from danger.
At least 3,000 who lived on the island were ordered out, though many have made trips back to rescue livestock or fetch items from their homes.