China hands over $12 mln aid to flooded Pakistan

19:06, September 07, 2010      

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China on Tuesday handed over 80 million yuan (12 million U.S. dollars) of humanitarian aid for relief and reconstruction in the flood-hit Pakistan, the major part of the first two aid batches worth 120 million yuan provided by the Chinese government.

Addressing a brief handover ceremony, Secretary of Pakistan's Economic Affairs Department Sibtain Fazal Haleem said that Pakistan greatly values China's timely assistance, adding that food, tents and medicine provided by the Chinese government were Pakistan's most urgently needed materials.

He said China was the first country to deliver aid to Pakistan in this time of need, reflecting the special friendly relations between the two neighboring nations.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian said China is willing to help the flood-hit Pakistanis to weather the historic disaster and China hopes the Pakistani government can make smooth advance in rescue, relief and reconstruction.

Liu said China will send a second medical team and helicopters to Pakistan soon to help rescue the flood victims. A 55-member Chinese rescue medical team has been working for two weeks in Thatta, one of the worst-hit areas in southern Pakistan.

Paksitan has suffered a worst-ever monsoon flooding since late July, which have killed 1,754 people and left millions homeless, said a government report Tuesday.

The first shipment of aid from China worth 10 million yuan arrived in Islamabad on Aug. 4. So far, China has provided 130 million yuan (20 million dollars) of relief aid to Pakistan.

On Monday, China decided to offer an additional 60 million yuan of relief supplies to support Pakistan's disaster relief and reconstruction efforts, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Tuesday's relief aid includes a 20 million yuan aid which has been delivered to northern Pakistan's Hunza area by land rout and a second batch of 60 million yuan aid to be delivered through nine special cargo flights. The first two flights carrying tents have landed in Islamabad on Saturday and Tuesday, the Chinese embassy said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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