China sends four military copters for Pak flood relief efforts

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 19:24

Beijing: China on Tuesday sent its four
military helicopters to Pakistan to assist in the flood relief
work there.

The four helicopter took off from northwest China`s
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, official Xinhua new agency
said.
Yuan Jichang, a major general with the General Staff
Department of People`s Liberation Army (PLA), said it was the
first time Chinese military helicopters have been sent
overseas on a humanitarian mission.

Along with the four helicopters, the Central Military
Commission of China has also dispatched 64 rescue personnel to
Pakistan.

Zhao Bin, head of the rescue team, said the four
helicopters were engaged in search and rescue missions after
several major natural disasters in China, including the
Wenchuan earthquake on May 12, 2008, and the Zhouqu mudslide
this year.
US has dispatched several of its heavy duty
helicopters in Pakistan for rescue missions for several weeks
and Japan too rushed its choppers for aid of flood relief.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 19:24

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