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Monday, April 15, 2024

Pakistan welcomes Turkish planes carrying relief goods for flood victims

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his readiness to extend all kinds of support to "the brotherly people of Pakistan" in this difficult time.

Two air crafts carrying relief goods from Turkey landed in Karachi last night. The consignments sent by the Turkish government are part of a commitment by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help Pakistan as it experiences floods as a result of catastrophic monsoon rains.

According to the details, the Turkish Consul General in Karachi, Cemal Sangu, handed over the relief goods to Pakistan’s Power Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan at the Jinnah International Airport. The relief goods include tents, medicines, food items, and other essential stuff.

Another two planes loaded with relief goods will land in Karachi on Monday. On the other hand, more relief items from Turkey would also be handed over to authorities in Pakistan through other means.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. PM Shehbaz Sharif informed the Turkish President about the rescue and relief operations and other countries’ assistance amid the calamity.

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Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his readiness to extend all kinds of support to “the brotherly people of Pakistan in this difficult time, as always.”

International community helps Pakistan

The international community has expressed solidarity and support for Pakistan, announcing donations for flood relief. Countries have extended aid to flood-hit Pakistan.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had announced $1 million to build resilience against natural disasters in addition to $100,000 in immediate relief for the flood victims of Pakistan.

The European Union is providing €1.8 million in humanitarian aid to families affected by flash floods across large parts of Pakistan. This latest funding comes in addition to last week’s allocation of €350,000 in aid to help people in Pakistan’s flood-affected province of Balochistan.

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The funding is allocated to EU humanitarian partners operating on the ground to meet the immediate needs of flood-stricken families, including through the provision of temporary emergency shelter, food and clean water, cash transfers, and primary healthcare services.

Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center dispatched an emergency relief convoy in July for flood-affected people in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. Again, on Thursday, Saudi Arabia assured full support to flood victims and reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to stand by Pakistan.

China announced on Wednesday that it will provide relief and cash assistance to Pakistan, affected by flash floods and property destruction, which have left thousands marooned since mid-June.

The United Nat­ions will on Tuesday launch a $160 million Flash Appeal to help millions of people affected by unprecedented monsoon rains.