Pakistan dispatches second exclusive cargo aircraft carrying relief to Turkiye

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as directed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, sent off the second exclusive cargo aircraft for Turkiye with another 90 tonnes of 1,200 winterised fire-resistant family tents on Sunday.

The relief is part of Pakistan’s assistance to quake-hit Turkiye through Special Air Cargo Flight Operation, according to press release.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) Khawaja Hassan was accompanying the relief cargo.

On Saturday, the first aircraft with 90 tonnes of winterised tents was sent off by Federal Minister for Education Rana Tanveer, which had already been received in Adana.

Yesterday, 1st Aircraft with 90 tons of winterised tents load was seen off by FM Rana Tanveer, which has already received in Adana. Both flights are part of special air bridge operation which will fly more than 34 Chartered Cargo Air crafts for dispatching tents to Turkiye.
— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) March 12, 2023

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Both flights are part of special air bridge operations which will fly more than 34 chartered cargo aircrafts for dispatching tents to the brotherly country.

The 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on February 6 and its aftershocks have claimed more than 45,000 lives in Turkiye and  killed over 5,000 in neighbouring Syria.

The World Bank has estimated that the devastating quake, which flattened entire cities, caused damage worth over $34 billion in Turkiye, with recovery likely to double that sum.

Pak Assistance to Turkiye-Air Cargo Dispatch 11 Mar 2023.
As dir by PM Pak, #NDMApk sent off 1st exclusive cargo aircraft for 🇹🇷 with 89 tons of winterised tents relief from Lahore. FM for Education Rana Tanveer, officials of NDMA & other Govt Depts attended departure ceremony.
— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) March 12, 2023

Other than relief goods, Pakistan had earlier also sent its rescue teams to aid in the process of recovering those injured under the rubble following the deadly earthquake.

International and Turkish media has praised the Pakistani teams for arriving first and leaving at the very end of relief and rescue efforts in the brotherly country. 

Pakistan's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) squad, comprising a 33-member Pakistan Army USAR team and 53-member Rescue 1122 team, searched 91 sites and rendered services at 39 different locations, managing to rescue eight precious lives, including children, through their relentless efforts.

In addition, the Pakistan team rescued five other people with the help of other rescue teams. The Pakistan team also recovered 138 dead bodies from the rubble and handed them over to Turkish authorities.

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