China to provide helicopters for Pak flood relief
Last Updated: Thursday, September 09, 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.


First Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 20:29

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