Aid reaches Afghanistan for flood victims


Upon the direction of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif the first batch of relief assistance to the flood-affected people has reached Afghanistan on Saturday.

The assistance load was delivered through a special aircraft of Pakistan Air Force.

These items included 100 tents, 2 ton wheat, 1 ton rice and 450 kgs sugar.

The prime minister said that Pakistan would extend all possible support to the flood-hit people of Afghanistan.

The second tranche of relief support would be sent on May 9.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson in a separate press release said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan dispatched one C-130 plane to Mazar-e-Sharif, carrying emergency relief items for the people of Afghanistan hit by flash floods. The items included tents, flour, rice and sugar.

“Pakistan as a neighbouring country has been at the forefront of efforts for provision of humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people and hopes that the international community would also play its active part in providing timely relief and economic assistance to the affected people in Afghanistan,” it was added.

The spokesperson further said that a second plane load of food and shelter items would be sent in a few days as a gesture of goodwill for the flood victims in Afghanistan.

According to Afghan media reports, recent heavy rains and flash floods have killed at least 29 people, injuring scores of others and damaged properties across 12 provinces of Afghanistan.


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