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Watch: Over 300 UAE volunteers pack relief aid for flood-stricken Brazil

300 volunteers gathered at the Dubai Exhibition Center (DEC) in Expo City today to help those impacted by the floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, following heavy torrential rains.
300 volunteers gathered at the Dubai Exhibition Center (DEC) in Expo City today to help those impacted by the floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, following heavy torrential rains.
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Dubai: Around 300 volunteers gathered at the Dubai Exhibition Center (DEC) in Expo City today with one purpose – to help those impacted by the floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, following heavy torrential rains.

The volunteering drive was organised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Expo City Dubai, Emirates Airlines, and Dubai World Trade Center, as part of the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the country.

This week, torrential rainfall unleashed catastrophic flooding across Brazil, leaving some parts of the country under water.

Many homes were destroyed, and lives were lost. The floods also displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left many Brazilians without access to power, clean water, or necessities.

Speaking to Gulf News, Sidney Leon Romeiro, Brazilian Ambassador to the UAE said: “This is one of the saddest tragedies to have affected Brazil. More than 500,000 families have been affected. We are now reaching the second phase of the tragedy, wherein people will need the equipment and materials for their re-settlement.

“We have a lot of gratitude for the UAE and its government for this relief assistance, and to the volunteers from the Brazilian community and other nationalities who joined today in the volunteering drive.”

Al Shamsi added that the UAE sent the first relief plane carrying 100 tons of food, medical, and relief aid, in 24 hours of the crisis, followed by a second plane on May 21.

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