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Chinese team to conduct relief operations in worst flood-hit areas in Pakistan

08-28-2010 08:48 BJT

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As the United Nations appeals for more aid for Pakistan, China has stepped forward to send out a third supply of relief goods. Our correspondent Danial Khan takes a look at the latest on the flood situation in the country, and tells us how the relief work is proceeding.

As the second wave of floods passes through the Sindh Province more and more people are being evacuated, creating further difficulties in the relief efforts, and creating hindrances in their assistance.

The makeshift camps now seem to be falling short of space by the inflow of displaced people.

Jamal Shah, Camp Coordinator, said, "There are people coming in from all over the province. We are accommodating about four to five families in one class room. We need more space. Women need special care. We have many pregnant women in this camp."

Among the 20 million flood affected people, women and children remain the most vulnerable. Over 500-thousand pregnant women have been reported among the affectees.

Experts say these women need safety, security, and assistance. Their privacy has been harmed.

With a continuous need for assistance, the government of Pakistan and the United Nations are constantly asking for the international community to do more.

In light of the request a 55-member Chinese rescue team arrived in Pakistan on Thursday along with 25 tons of high-tech medical equipment and medicines.

The Chinese team includes 36 doctors and 19 experts and engineers equipped with medical supplies worth 8 million Chinese yuan.

Liu Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, said, "As a close and friendly neighbor, China will continue to support the people of Pakistan in this time of need. We have a long standing relationship with Pakistan and we will send more aid and assistance."

The rescue team will be conducting relief operations in the worst flood-hit areas in south Pakistan and help flood victims fight against water-borne and other diseases.

High-level floods are washing away hundreds of villages every single day as the water makes its way towards the sea.

"The month-long devastating floods that are the worst in Pakistan's history, have affected over 20 million people and destroyed 900,000 homes. But experts say that with the international assistance and relief efforts from countries like China, Pakistan will soon come out of the disaster. Danial Khan CCTV, Islamabad."


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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