COAS General Bajwa to visit flood-hit areas of Swat today

International aid starts pouring in with seven Turkish, three UAE planeloads of relief items landed

By: News Desk
Published: 11:11 AM, 30 Aug, 2022
COAS General Bajwa to visit flood-hit areas of Swat today
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Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will visit the areas affected by recent monsoon rains and floods in Swat and its suburbs, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

According to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa will visit Kumrat, Kalam and surrounding areas today where he will oversee the evacuation of people and get an on-the-ground update about evacuation and relief operations of stranded people. 

The Army Chief will also be briefed about the rescue and relief operation being carried out in these areas.  

According to an ISPR statement, 82 helicopter sorties have been conducted in flood-affected areas of the country for rescue/relief operations.

As many as 27 helicopter sorties evacuated 316 stranded individuals and delivered 23.753 tons of ration/relief items during the last 24 hours. 

About 3,540 ration packets and 250 tents were distributed among the flood affectees during the last 24 hours.

As many as 51 free medical camps have been established in which 33,025 patients have so far been treated.

Army flood relief coordination centre is functioning under Headquarters Army Air Defence Command with a mandate to coordinate rescue and relief efforts in sync with stakeholders at Army level.

About 217 relief items collection points have been established in all Formation Areas of Responsibility for collection and onwards distribution of relief stores which is 122.87 tons of food (Atta, pulses, sugar etc), 5.9 tons of sustenance items (tents, quilts, clothes etc) and 0.15 tons medicines collected so far along with other sustenance items (clothes, solar lights, sleeping bags etc)

International relief assistance

Seven military aircraft from Turkey have arrived at Karachi carrying relief goods.

Three military aircraft from UAE have arrived at Noorkhan Air Base in Rawalpindi.

Two aircraft from China will reach Karachi today carrying 3,000 tents. 

Tarpaulins and shelters from Japan will reach Karachi today. 

Canada has announced US $5 million assistance for the flood affectees.

UK has pledged 1.5 million pounds in aid while Azerbijan has announced 2 million US dollars assistance.

The relief goods being brought through these aircraft include tentage, medicines and food items.

Reporter: Saud Butt