Balochistan government admits the pilot of the helicopter wasted relief flour bags by dropping them from a great height. The provincial government said that the pilot was forced to drop ration bags from height as he could not find a suitable place to land the chopper.
Balochistan Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili said the provincial government was trying to drop relief goods among the flood victims in the Hanna Urak area of Quetta.
“We do not deny that a few bags dropped from the helicopter were wasted during one of the sorties in the area, as it was a difficult mountainous area, and there was no place to land.”
The issue was raised after a video of the pilot dropping flour bags from the chopper went viral on social media. After which, the government called in the pilot to raise the issue.
The Balochistan government admitted that the pilot of the helicopter that wasted flood relief flour bags by dropping them from a great height was forced to do so…
Earlier Dawn covered this story that flour bags were wasted due to height and funds are wasted in fuel & bags…. pic.twitter.com/4sjg0jAn0T
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The pilot admitted that a few flour bags were wasted during the relief operation. He claimed that it was not possible to land or fly low due to the the difficult mountainous terrain of the area.
Chief Secretary added that the pilot returned again to the same area and carefully dropped the bags by bringing the helicopter to a lower level.
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Commander Tanveer says that the chopper of the Balochistan government is busy in the relief work since day one and conduct two to three sorties of distributing relief goods among flood victims.
Earlier, the government had attracted criticism on social media for carelessly carrying out relief operations. Now, they ask who forced the pilot to drop flour bags. Netizens ask who will compensate for the wasted flour bags.
They are demanding the government of Balochistan take action against the pilot. A video of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif dropping ration bags from the helicopter circulated on Twitter last week. Some netizens opined that it is not the right way to drop relief items from great height as they might get wasted.