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Flood victims still trapped in Pakistan

08-03-2010 08:56 BJT

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Pakistan is struggling against its worst flooding in 80 years. Among 268 Chinese engineers and workers who were trapped in the hard-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, 147 have so far been evacuated to Islamabad. While trying to reach the rest of the trapped workers, rescuers are hopeful they can also locate three who are missing.

Amateur video shot by a Chinese national shows the severity of the flooding.

100-plus Chinese workers that are still trapped by floodwater are reported to be in stable condition. Two tons of emergency materials have been dropped in by helicopters to ensure their daily needs.

Pakistan authorities have intensified efforts to reach the Chinese workers, deploying 4 helicopters to airlift them out.

Zhao Qiaoliang, Counselor, Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, said, "We can't rely too much on the Pakistani government as so many flood-hit Pakistani residents are waiting for help. We need to save our own people. If the weather tomorrow is not good for the helicopters, we will ask our construction team to build some bridges and clear the debris to get to the trapped and get them out."

The Chinese workers who were evacuated say they were saved from experiencing life-threatening danger as a result of their timely rescue. Many of them called their family to relieve their worries.

A rescued worker said, "I'm not in the flood-hit area any more. We have been evacuated by the helicopter and are save. Tell the others that I'm fine."

The evacuated were then transferred to Islamabad and will be sent back to China by chartered planes.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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