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UAE Armed Forces' Shinook copters airlift flood-victims in Pakistan

posted on 17/08/2010: 832 views



Islamabad - The UAE Armed Forces will step up its relief operations in flood-affected regions in Pakistan in implementation of instructions given by UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to Pakistan.

The UAE Armed Forces is operating an air bridge between the flood-hit areas to delivery relief to the affected population.

Commander of the UAE Armed Force's Relief Team in Pakistan said a group of Chinook copters had been deployed since the eruption of the crisis in the north west of Pakistan to evacuate people trapped by floods to shelters built by the Pakistani government.

He added that his team had been among the first aid providers in Pakistan and intensified its humanitarian and relief works in various regions like Punjab to alleviate suffering of the flood-victims.

'The UAE Armed Forces team is assisting the Pakistani army to evacuate the distressed population to safe areas and airlift relief supplies to flood-engulfed areas which could not reached by land,' he added.

According to him, the UAE aircrafts are also carrying relief assistance offered by sisterly and friendly countries from main airports to locations of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

He said that relief operations will continue in order to improve the living condition of the IDPs.

Officials of Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority paid tribute to the UAE for standing and supporting the Pakistani people at this ordeal. â€" Emirates News Agency, WAM

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