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.


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

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