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Wednesday 31st May 2023 / 9 Shawwal 1444

Pakistani peacekeepers rescue over 2000 people in flood-hit Congo: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistani Peacekeepers have rescued more than 2,000 people stranded due to heavy floods in the Democratic Republic of CONGO (DRC).
According to a press statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations on Sunday, torrential floods erupted in the Uvira city of South Kivu and its surrounding areas last week and continued for days.
The statement further said “Rains and flooding damaged thousands of houses, affecting some 75,000 people. The stranded people were provided food and necessary medical care by Pakistani Peacekeepers”.
The statement said Pakistani Blue Helmets, which serve the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO), “Instantly rushed to the affected areas for rescue and relief of local Congolese populace.”
According to the ISPR, rescue parties were dispatched with paramedics and equipment. The troops built a stone embankment “which was strong enough to shift people and vehicles from the affected area.”
“Pakistani Peacekeepers’ rescue efforts have been widely recognized by local people as well UN authorities”.
The spokesperson of the armed forces elaborated that “Being one of the largest troops contributing country, Pakistan has more than 4,000 Blue Helmets serving under UN for maintaining peace and stability.”
The ISPR said “Thus far, 157 Pakistani peacekeepers have laid down their lives for preservation of global peace, while serving humanity with honour, courage and dignity”.
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