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Pakistan: Global aid pouring in

08-23-2010 19:57 BJT

More Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground Monday as floodwaters from the swollen Indus River submerged dozens of towns. The country is in dire need of aid, which is now starting to pour in more quickly.

600-thousand people are already in relief camps set up in Sindh province because of the flooding the past month.

At a relief camp in the Sukkur area, many people lost all of their possessions.

Meanwhile, authorities piled stones and sandbags to strengthen embankments protecting the city of Shadad Kot from rising waters.

Officials say on the eastern side of the city, the embankment is under the threat of being inundated by nine-foot high waters.

Most of the city's 350-thousand people have moved to relief camps or to towns and cities away from the danger.

Local charities, the Pakistani army and international agencies are providing food, water, medicine and shelter to the displaced. But due to the scale of the disaster and distribution difficulties, some have received little help.

Monday, Fifty people from the Australian Defence Forces and the aid agency AusAid set out for Pakistan. They will set up a field hospital in the central city of Kot Addu.

Hours before, the first NATO flight with humanitarian relief for Pakistan took off from Germany. Relief goods on the NATO Trainer Cargo Aircraft include power generators, water pumps and tents.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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