UNHCR aircraft with emergency relief supplies reach Dhaka


PV Desk : Two chartered aircraft of the UNHCR with emergency relief supplies for 25,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) today.

“The two aircrafts, one is landed at 4.30 am and other at 2.15 pm, carried aid for 25,000 individual refugees. Initially, we targeted to bring emergency relief for 120,000 individuals Rohingyas,” UNHCR local spokesperson Joseph Tripura told BSS.

The first aid flight of the UN body carried 91 metric tones of relief, including much needed shelter materials, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats and other essential items from UNHCR’s global stockpile in Dubai, according to UNHCR web release.

It said the second aid flight, donated to UNHCR by United Arab Emirates (UAE) carried in some 1,700 family tents.

Tripura said further flights are being planned, ultimately delivering emergency aid for some 120,000 refugees in total.

“Biman provided ground handling to the non-scheduled chartered flights of Boeing 777 cargo aircraft of UNHCR at HSIA to offload the relief materials,” Biman’s spokesperson General Manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj said.