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Pakistan sends first consignment of relief goods to flood-hit Afghanistan

Second consignment will be sent on May 9

ISLAMABAD: On the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan on Saturday dispatched first consignment of relief goods for flood-affected Afghan civilians through a special flight of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.  

According to the statement, the relief goods sent by Pakistan include 100 tents, two tons of flour, one ton of rice and 450kgs of sugar. The second consignment of relief goods would be dispatched on Monday, May 9.

 

“Pakistan will make every possible effort for the assistance of flood-affected people of Afghanistan,” the PM said in his statement.

Heavy rain and flooding have killed at least 22 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and damaged crops in Afghanistan, which is already facing a humanitarian crisis after the takeover of Taliban forces in August last year.

The Taliban government, struggling to cope with the disaster that has affected more than a third of its provinces, will approach international relief organisations for help, officials said.

“Due to flooding and storms in 12 provinces, 22 people have died and 40 injured,” said Hassibullah Shekhani, head of communications and information at Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority.

Pakistan as a neighbouring country has been at the forefront of efforts to the provision of humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people and hopes that the international community would also play its active part in providing timely relief and economic assistance to the affected people in Afghanistan.

 

 

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