August 31, 2008

Yemen: Committee Assesses Damages in Sa’Ada

Excerpt from report in English by state-run Yemeni news agency Saba website

Sana'a, 31 August: Headed by Minister of Local Administration Abd al-Qadir Hilal, Minister of Public Health and Population Abd al- Karim Rase and Sa'ada's governor Hasan Man'a, Assessment Committee for Damages in Saada held an extensive meeting on 31 August over performance of the assessment teams for damages.

The meeting discussed role of the executive offices and local councils to coordinate with the Sa'ada Rebuilding Fund to re construct the governorate.

Rase said that there are more than one hundred heath facilities were damaged in the war, pointing out to the importance of rehabilitating these facilities, especially Razh Hospital and Hedan Hospital.

He made it clear that the ministry draw a plan to operate these health facilities to provide health services. Rase pointed out to president Ali Abdullah Saleh's directives to transfer $ 28 million which was presented a loan from World Bank to rebuild the governorate in addition to $ 200,000 presented by the World Health Organization for the health sector in the governorate.

[Passage omitted: President Salih congratulates meeting on efforts]

He said that 5,000 public and private facilities were assessed, Hilal said, the president Salih ordered to allocate YR 10 billion to rebuild the governorate.

He said food assistance would be distributed to the displaced people during Ramadan.

For his part, Sa'ada governor said that activities of assessment are undergoing to start then stage of paying compensations and rebuilding. He valued decision of president Salih to stop war and double efforts to realize peace and security in the governorate.

Originally published by Saba news agency website, Sanaa, in English 1730 31 Aug 08.

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