Iran’s flood aid to Pakistan reaches 500 tons

TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (MNA) -- So far Iran has sent 500-ton cargoes of humanitarian aid to Pakistan, said Interior Minister Mostafa-Mohammad Najjar who arrived in Pakistan on Thursday night.

“So far, Iran has dispatched 8 cargoes, weighting 500 tons altogether, to this country in order to aid the flood-stricken Pakistanis and these aids will soon reach 1,000 tons,” Najjar said upon his arrival in Islamabad.

He went on to say that four committees from Iran’s Red Crescent, Health Ministry, crisis management council, and Majlis have traveled to Pakistan.

The crisis management council plans to set up refugee camps for the flood-ridden Pakistanis, he said, adding a five-member committee from the Majlis paid a visit to the flood-ridden areas and met with some senior members of Pakistani Parliament and Senate.

It was also decided that some mobile hospitals to be set up in Pakistan and about 90 Iranian physicians have voiced their readiness to travel to the area, Najjar stated.

He also said the Pakistani government and people should know that Iran will always support them in hard times.

A month after monsoons triggered catastrophic flooding throughout the country, submerging an area the size of England, eight million remain dependent on handouts for their survival.

The floods have ruined 3.6 million hectares (8.9 million acres) of rich farmland, and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said farmers urgently needed seeds to plant for next year’s crops.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Wednesday the flooding had caused economic losses of 43 billion dollars.

The government’s official death toll from the floods has reached 1,760, but disaster officials have said that number will likely rise “significantly” when the missing are accounted for.


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