Wednesday, September 28, 2022

100 flights carrying aid for flood victims arrive in Pakistan

Pakistan has received 100 flights of international humanitarian aid for flood victims between Aug. 28 and Sept. 15, as the country struggles to recover from the devastation caused by catastrophic flooding.

More than one-third of Pakistan is submerged in water and at least 33 million people are affected because of unprecedented flooding.

People from all across the world stepped up to help Pakistan, struggling with unprecedented flooding, as over one-third of the country is submerged in water and at least 33 million people are affected.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) leads the tally with a total of 43 flights carrying relief goods sent over the past couple of weeks, followed by the US with 15 flights. Turkiye sent 13 flights, while China and Qatar sent 4 fights each.

UAE leading in the humanitarian efforts

The UAE, with its 43 relief flights, is leading the humanitarian efforts, in response to the flood affectees of Pakistan. Two of the UAE relief airlifts landed at Jinnah International airport Karachi on September 10 while nine more flight rotations are scheduled to dispatch relief items next week on behalf of Dubai’s humanitarian organizations. UAE has also sent an aid ship carrying 2,750 tons of food, medical supplies and relief items.

US sends aid via 15 cargo flights

The United States has so far sent 15 humanitarian aid flights to provide supplies to those in the flood-affected areas. Two of the aid flights from the US carrying flood relief assistance landed at Sukkur Airport on September 10.

Apart from the $3 million allocated to bolster disaster resilience, the US has announced nearly $50.1 million for the humanitarian assistance of flood victims, till now.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power (middle) and US Ambassador Donald Blome (left) visit the airport as the US aid flight brings relief goods for flood victims in Pakistan on September 9, 2022. (Image Credit – USAID)

Turkey sends 13 aid flights

In order to support the flood victims of Pakistan, Turkey has sent nearly 13 cargo flights as well as five trains loaded with tons of relief items including food, blankets, tents, and medical aid.

“We are on the ground. We are on the road. We are on the rail. We are on the air. We stand with you Pakistan” said Dr. Kerem Kinik, President of the Turkish Red Crescent.

4 Relief Flights from China

China has dispatched four planeloads of benevolent aid, including its largest military cargo plane Y-20 military to send bulks of relief goods to Pakistan, such as 3,000 tents that are urgently needed for millions of homeless flood-affected people.

President Xi Jinping has also promised an assistance package of 400 million Yuan ($57 million) for affected Pakistanis.

Saudi Arabia begins airlift of critical supplies

On September 13, Saudi Arabia announced to send a total of ten relief flights to Pakistan which will support more than 19,000 flood-affected people.

Snapshot of 100 aid flights (Aug 28 – Sept 15)

  • 🇦🇪 UAE – 43
  • 🇺🇸 US – 15
  • 🇹🇷 Turkiye – 13
  • 🇨🇳 China – 4
  • 🇶🇦 Qatar – 4
  • 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia – 2
  • 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan – 1
  • 🇹🇲 Turkmenistan – 1
  • 🇯🇴 Jordan – 1
  • 🇫🇷 France – 1
  • 🇳🇵 Nepal – 1
  • 🇺🇳 WFP – 3
  • 🇺🇳 UNHCR – 9
  • 🇺🇳 UNICEF – 2

Total Flights: 100

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