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More supplies loaded in Dubai for third aid flight to Rohingya

Dubai: A third UAE flight carrying emergency relief for Rohingya refugees is scheduled to leave from Dubai to Dhaka on Tuesday.

On Monday, more than 24,600 plastic tarpaulin sheets were being prepared by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) at International Humanitarian City (IHC) to be loaded on to the flight.

The aid, worth more than $325,600 (around Dh1.1 million), will help in creating temporary shelter for more than 123,300 Rohingya, a stateless people who are seeking refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

Two other flights have already made the trip carrying aid; one of which was sponsored by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

More than 430,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, according to a senior UNHCR official. Heavy rains and muddy grounds have only added to their plight. The plastic sheets sent from Dubai will provide temporary relief until a more lasting solution for shelter can be arranged.

The aid will be flown to Dhaka first and then to Chittagong before taken by road to Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh, where most of the refugees are.

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