China to provide helicopters for Pak flood relief

Last Updated: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 20:29

Beijing: China, which has already extended
USD 47 million in aid to flood-hit Pakistan, plans to step up
its assistance to the victims in that country and deploy
helicopters for relief operations.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian, who visited
some of the affected areas in Sindh, said Beijing would offer
more assistance to flood-hit Pakistan as the country is still
facing difficulties, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported
today.

Liu said a Chinese medical team would "soon arrive in
Pakistan" and Chinese helicopters would also take part in
relief operations.

China on Monday announced 200 million yuan (USD 29.4
million) more in the humanitarian aid to flood-hit Pakistan.

Earlier it had said it would provide 120 million yuan (USD
17.6 million) to Islamabad.

Liu visited a mobile hospital set up by a Chinese search
and rescue team in south Pakistan`s Thatta area, one of the
worst-hit regions.

The 55-member Chinese search and rescue team has been
working for two weeks in Thatta to provide medical services to
the flood victims and has so far treated more than 8,000
patients.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 20:29

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