Beijing: China on Thursday sent a 55-member rescue team to help with the relief efforts in Pakistan`s flood hit areas.
According to China Earthquake Administration, the team consists of 19 rescue workers, technicians and 36 medical workers.
The team carried about USD one million worth of relief materials, including medicine and medical equipment.
China last night announced an additional USD 8.5 million aid to the flood victims of Pakistan. This was in addition to the USD 10 million aid given earlier.
Also, China yesterday dispatched relief supplies worth USD 2.94 million to flood-hit Pakistan.
China`s announcement of increasing aid to Pakistan comes in the back drop of comments by US Special Envoy to Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke that the Chinese should step up to the plate considering their close relations with Pakistan.
The death toll in the floods stands around 1,500 people, but the disaster ranks as one of Pakistan`s worst ever because of the scale and massive economic damage.