Islamabad: As many as 66 international aid flights have arrived in Pakistan carrying tons of much needed supplies for millions affected by monsoon rains and devastating floods.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed on Saturday that around 66 humanitarian aid flights have reached Pakistan in the past two weeks (between August 28 and September 10).
More than 6.4 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid in Pakistan after catastrophic floods affected more than 33 million people and killed nearly 1,400 people, including 499 children, since mid-June.
The UAE is leading efforts to strengthen the humanitarian response to help flood victims. The UAE has so far sent 31 flights to deliver much-needed food, medical supplies and tents to flood-affected communities. Two relief flights from the United Arab Emirates landed at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on September 10, ensuring the continued relief operation under the humanitarian air bridge established between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Over the next week, nine additional flight rotations are planned to send more relief items on behalf of partners at the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, including the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), l World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The first batch of three air journeys carrying 33 tons of humanitarian relief, as well as shelter items from UNHCR stockpiles in Dubai on C130 military jets have reached Karachi.
Turkey sends aid by plane and train
Turkey has sent at least 11 cargo planes and four trains loaded with tons of relief goods, including food, tents, blankets and medical aid for flood victims. “We are on the ground. We are on the road. We are on track. We are on the air. We are with you in Pakistan,” said Dr. Kerem Kinik, President of the Turkish Red Crescent Society (Türk Kızılay). “Türkiye continues humanitarian aid to Pakistan for flood relief day and night via planes, relief trains and trucks loaded with aid materials prepared for brotherly Pakistan,” the tweet read. Turkish Embassy in Islamabad.
China sends 400 million yuan aid, support
China sent four planes full of humanitarian aid. Be is sending its largest military Y-20 military cargo plane to send large volumes of relief supplies to Pakistan, including 3,000 tents which are urgently needed as millions of people are homeless and living in the open. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged 400 million yuan ($57 million) in aid to affected Pakistanis.
US sends 5 aid flights and commits $53 million in aid
Two aid flights from the United States carrying flood relief landed at Sukkur airport on September 10. USAID has begun airlifting vital humanitarian supplies to Pakistan. The United States has so far sent five humanitarian aid flights to deliver supplies to those in flood-prone areas.
On September 8, USAID Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Islamabad to assess the impacts of devastating floods that affected one-third of the country. She announced an additional $20 million in humanitarian assistance, bringing USAID’s total for flood relief in Pakistan to more than $50.1 million. The United States has also allocated an additional $3 million to build disaster resilience.
She met the families who were displaced by the floodwaters and said it was “difficult to grasp the enormity and devastation of the floods in Pakistan”.
Power also met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) team to discuss ongoing collaboration between the United States and the Pakistan. She also met Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed rescue efforts as the country’s armed forces respond to the extraordinary climate disaster.
Other Aid Flights
Pakistan has received at least 11 relief flights from Turkey, five from the United States, four from China and Qatar, and one from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Jordan and France. UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP are also sending aid flights to help bolster the ongoing response to the devastating floods in the country.
Snapshot of the humanitarian flight (August 28-September 10)
WATER – 31
Turkey – 11
United States – 5
China – 4
Qatar – 4
UNHCR – 3
MAP – 2
Turkmenistan – 1
Uzbekistan – 1
France – 1
Jordan – 1