The China-Pakistan Youth Exchange Community paid a three-day visit to the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region and distributed 1,700 packages of food, tarpaulins, quilts, blankets and other supplies among the local people.
Relief supplies were distributed in the areas of Gilgit, Ghizer, Khunjerab, Hunza, Nagar and other areas.
Following the recent floods, a significant number of the G-B people were living in tents and makeshift wooden houses as their homes had been devastated by the deluge.
Standing by the people of G-B, the youth community distributed second batch of relief supplies to Gilgit, supported by the Tencent Charitable Foundation and the China Foundation for Rural Development, CEN reported.
Accompanied by officials from the local governments and chambers of commerce, the community drove for nearly four hours to the Ghizer district, to distribute anti-disaster and cold-weather supplies to 800 families.
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Capital Office Chairman Qurban Ali lauded the youth exchange community for its long-term assistance to Pakistan.
The community was warmly welcomed and received at the office of the G-B Disaster Management Authority. DMA Deputy Director Zaheer Uddin Babar briefed the community on the situation in Gilgit and the difficulties faced by the affected people. He also revealed the measures taken by the Gilgit government to rehabilitate the flood victims.
He hoped that the community could cooperate with more public welfare organisations to help the affected Pakistanis in their long-term recovery.
In Nagar district, where a large number of houses and buildings were destroyed by the floods, the community distributed materials to 400 affected families.
Nagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Irshad Sadan expressed his gratitude to the community for the timely help extended by China to the people of Gilgit.
“I hope that this love can cascade into the sea of charity and strengthen the deep friendship between China and Pakistan,” China-Pakistan Youth Exchange Community focal person Ma Bin said.