The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will send 15 more planes carrying relief supplies to flood-hit areas of Pakistan in the coming days, a senior minister said on Sunday.
Pakistani authorities declared a state of emergency in recent weeks, appealing for help from the international community after more than 30 million people were affected by monsoon rains and floods.
The country received first aid flights from the United Arab Emirates and Turkey on Sunday, after top leaders of the two states called Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and pledged maximum aid to Pakistan.
Maryam Aurangzeb on UAE Relief Goods
Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said in a Twitter post that ‘another 15 planes carrying relief goods from the UAE will arrive in Pakistan in the next few days.’
According to details shared by Pakistani officials, the emergency relief aid sent by the Arab country includes about 3,000 tons of food items, tons of medical supplies and tents to shelter the displaced.
The recent floods in Pakistan have put enormous pressure on the national economy, which is already facing severe challenges.
- PM Shahbaz Allocated Rs.38bn for Flood Victims of Sindh
- At least 937 people died and 30 M are homeless due to floods in Pakistan
- KPK Govt announced to close schools in flood-affected areas
- 830 people died due to heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan
Army Chief Requested help from Rich Citizens
Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday visited the flood-affected areas in Sindh province and requested help from rich citizens, overseas citizens and friendly countries.
Given the severity of the crisis, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) last week also called on its member countries to provide aid to Pakistan.