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UAE rushes relief to Pakistan

posted on 14/10/2005: 695 views



The UAE has rushed relief and rescue teams to Pakistan to help victims of the strong earthquake that jolted the South Asian country on Saturday. President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has further earmarked US$100 dollars in urgent relief assistance and to construct houses for the victims of the quake, which measured 7.6 on Richter scale.



The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) dispatched two delegations to India and Pakistan to offer assistance and assess humanitarian requirements.



Four plane-loads of humanitarian aid and a roving field hospital sponsored by the UAE Armed Forces arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday. Lt. Colonel Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, head of the armed forces delegation, told WAM the four planes had landed in an air base in Rwalpindi carrying 160 tonnes of relief donated by the Pakistani community in UAE.



Sheikh Khalifa had ordered the armed forces to set up field hospitals in quake-stricken areas of Pakistan to offer much-needed medical services and medicines to the injured. Meanwhile, on the directives of the President, Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Under Secretary of Finance and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works, instructed that around Dh1 million in relief be rendered to the victims of the quake that shook India and Pakistan.



In appreciation of these efforts, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and his Prime Minister Aziz Shaukat thanked the UAE and other friendly countries for their expeditious response following the destructive earthquake.



In another development, the UAE rescue team on Tuesday night extricated two men and a woman all alive from the rubbles and found 37 dead bodies in Balakot town, 200 kms away from Islamabad.



On instructions of Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE rescue team was formed, comprising two officers and 22 non commissioned officers to carry out the first rescue operation abroad of such a magnitude. More UAE rescue teams of Dubai Police General Headquarters left for the northern parts of Pakistan as part of a delegation dispatched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works.



Brigadier Dr Jassem M. Jassem, Director of Operations at Dubai Police, said all rescue teams from Abu Dhabi and Dubai Police 'are working under one umbrella titled "The UAE Joint Search and Rescue Team”. He said equipment, including tools to prevent buildings from falling and hydraulic instruments as well as sensors and a camera to search for those trapped in the debris. He pointed out that the UAE joint rescue team would help in saving victims in the hardest hit areas where no other rescue teams had reached to. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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