Australia sends planes to help Pakistan flood

19:09, August 11, 2010      

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Australia will send two military planes carrying emergency supplies to help the people of flood- ravaged Pakistan, official announced on Wednesday.

Two weeks of flooding have killed 1,500 people and affected at least 12 million people.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday announced the two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft will depart this week, laden with tents, plastic sheeting, water purification equipment, generators and birthing kits.

Australia has already committed 10 million dollars (9.1 million U.S. dollars) to help flood victims.

"I want to express the support of the Australian people for the people of Pakistan in the face of the terrible floods they are enduring," Gillard said in a statement.

She said the opposition had agreed to the deployment of Defense Force assets to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, eight Australians were unaccounted for in neighboring India, which has also been hit by floods.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said while the eight were unaccounted for, it had not yet been confirmed whether they had been in the affected area.

There are no reports of Australians killed or injured.

Source: Xinhua


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