(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) UNITED NATIONS Muharram 17 1437 Oct 30 2015 SPA -- The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said Friday that it has airlifted emergency aid to 11000 families living in five camps in southwestern Algeria after heavy rains resulted in devastating floods.
'The extent of devastation in Tindouf is overwhelming with pooled water as far as the eye can see' said Hamdi Bukhari of UNHCR. 'The airlifted relief items will partially compensate their losses but rebuilding their lives will be an extraordinary task and UNHCR stands ready to support this effort. Shelter food and water are the most urgent needs.'
The seasonal storms damaged or destroyed mud-brick homes shops hospitals schools and roads at Laayoune Boujdour Awserd Smara and Dakhla camps housing thousands of Sahrawi refugees.
According to UNHCR the first of two aircraft from Accra Ghana brought 5000 fleece blankets 1000 kitchen sets 1000 jerry cans 5000 plastic sheets 750 family tents and 200 plastic rolls to distribute to as many as 11000 people with a second aid flight due to arrive later Friday.
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