Turkey continues aid efforts in flood-hit Pakistan

Turkey on Sunday continued its efforts to meet the needs of the Pakistani people following devastating floods that left a third of the country covered in water.

The Ministry of Interior announced last week that it had sent notices of request for aid to the governorates of 81 provinces for flood-hit Pakistan under a relief project in coordination with the Authority. Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD).

In this context, the provinces of Kayseri, Kilis and Kastamonu sent aid trucks to Pakistan on Sunday.

Kastamonu Governor Avni Çakır told reporters that Pakistan is experiencing a great disaster and they have launched a campaign of aid for the friend and brother country of Pakistan and its people due to the great flood they have suffered.

“We are sending today 2,150 food parcels and 450 hygiene parcels from Kastamonu for the Benevolence train which will leave tomorrow for Pakistan. With the campaign we have organized in our 19 districts and centers, the parcels have been prepared in four days. We will expand this campaign to larger masses. On the other hand, another 1,500 food parcels continue to be prepared,” he said.

At least 33 million people have been affected by unprecedented floods, which most observers believe are a direct result of climate change, and Pakistani officials say they pose an existential threat to the country.

Pakistan’s finance ministry estimated that the floods had inflicted damages worth at least $12 billion on the country’s economy, which was already struggling with high budget and current account deficits.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif discussed the latest situation in the country and aid efforts in a phone call on Sunday.

Erdoğan said he was closely following Pakistan’s fight against the flood disaster and as Türkiye, the country was mobilizing to provide the necessary support.

Türkiye was one of the first responders to the situation in Pakistan and sent 12 planes and three trains of rescue and relief materials to help the victims.

A Turkish ministerial delegation also visited Pakistan last week as a sign of solidarity and support for the South Asian country.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Environment Minister Murat Kurum and heads of AFAD and the Turkish Housing Development Administration (TOKI) visited flood-affected areas, including the district of Badin in Sindh.

AFAD and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), as well as other Turkish non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are working to help the victims.

Anıl Kocabal, Head of Operations and International Delegation of the Turkish Red Crescent, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that due to the flood disaster in Pakistan, the Turkish Red Crescent has shipped 100 tons of materials to the country by rail and 25 tons of material to Balochistan by road.

Explaining that 6,000 families have undergone health inspections in Balochistan, Kocabal said that 300 families have received hygiene and accommodation assistance in the city of Jafarabad and 250 tents have been set up in the Sind.

Kocabal noted that they are continuing their aid efforts at various locations in Balochistan and Sindh provinces without interruption.

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