Saudi aid flight, UAE ship reach Karachi

The arrival of assistance for the flood victims from the brotherly Muslim countries continued on Sunday, with an aid flight landing at the Karachi airport, while a cargo ship, carrying 30 containers docked at the Karachi Port, officials said.

The flight from Saudi Arabia was the eighth such airlift from the brotherly country. The head of the King Salman Relief Centre, officials of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Pakistan Army 5 Corps received the aid.

Simultaneously, a cargo ship, carrying 30 containers of relief goods from UAE reached the Karachi port. According to the UAE consulate, the relief goods included food items, medicines and other goods for the thousands of flood victims in Pakistan.

Also on Sunday, Italy joined the countries sending aid to Pakistan. The Italian aid was received by Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Relief and Rehabilitation Rasool Bakhsh Chandio at the airport. The Italian consul general, the NDMA officials were also present on the occasion.

Earlier this week, the first flight from Russia, carrying relief goods for the flood victims landed at Jinnah International Airport. Russia sent rice, palm oil, dry milk, tents, water and other relief goods for the flood victims of Pakistan.

On Saturday, an Indonesian humanitarian NGO, Dompet Dhuafa, launched a pilot project of Indonesian housing for flood victims of Sindh in collaboration with a local NGO. The project was inaugurated by Indonesian Consul General Dr June Kuncoro Hadiningrat.

According to the field manager of Dompet Dhuafa, the house design was based on the "growing house concept". He maintained that the housing had been developed while keeping in view the future needs of the occupants.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that Pakistan was thankful to all the countries extending their support in the form of humanitarian assistance and showing solidarity towards Pakistan in such testing times.


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