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Seriously injured quake victims to be airlifted to UAE: envoy

posted on 18/10/2005: 612 views

Islamabad - The UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Ali Mohammad Al Shamsi, has stated that the UAE will start on Monday a mega airlift operation of serious patients of earthquake-hit areas of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

These quake victims will be treated in several hospitals of the UAE. The UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed to airlift maximum number of patients. The patients are being selected in consultation with the concerned departments of the government of Pakistan for airlift to the UAE.

Commenting on the rains in the devastated areas of Azad Kashmir and the NWFP, the ambassador disclosed that the UAE President has directed his government officials to place orders for purchase of waterproof tents and blankets throughout the world. "We will purchase these items at any cost and these will be available to our brothers in the earthquake areas within the shortest possible time," he added.

In an exclusive interview with The News, the envoy gave details of the airlift operation. He said the UAE government has made all the necessary arrangements to airlift serious cases among the earthquake victims for treatment in the hospitals of the UAE, according to the report, put on the website.

Responding to a question, the ambassador said the UAE has established 100-bed fully equipped field hospital in Balakot. Ten doctors and 35 nurses have started treatment of the injured in the area.

Hundreds of operations and procedures have been done by our hospital in Balakot. This is the biggest field hospital in the area. This hospital is working in three shifts.

Ambassador Al Shamsi said that from Monday onward, four C-130 transport planes will start landing daily from different airports of the UAE at Chaklala and other airbases of the Pakistan Air Force, if required. These planes will bring relief goods and take serious injured persons to the UAE on their way back.

He said under the directive of the UAE President, from October 9 to 16, more than 36 IL-76 and C-130 transport planes have landed at the Chaklala airbase. On Sunday more than 250 tonnes of medicines, eatables, tents, blankets and other necessary items have reached Pakistan. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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