The fifth “kindness train” from Türkiye, loaded with relief supplies for the victims of the catastrophic floods, left for Pakistan on Tuesday in a ceremony.
With the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the train was sent to southern Mersin province.
“The aid collected in the provinces of Mersin, Gaziantep, Adana, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, Kayseri, Burdur, Isparta, Antalya, Karaman, Niğde, Aksaray, Nevşehir, Malatya will be sent to Pakistan with this train,” Mersin Governor Ali Hamza Pehlivan said, noting that 633 tonnes and 703 kilograms of aid were on the train.
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 AFAD. .
Meanwhile, the fourth Kindness Train has arrived in Pakistan, an official statement released on Tuesday said.
The train was sent on August 30 on the president’s instructions to help support the South Asian country, according to AFAD.
Noting that the train aims to heal the wounds of the Pakistani people, he said Türkiye stood by his “Pakistani brothers”.
At least 33 million people have been affected by unprecedented flooding, which most observers say is a direct result of climate change, and Pakistani officials say it poses 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.
Türkiye was one of the first responders to the situation in Pakistan and sent 12 planes and five trains of rescue and relief materials to help the victims.
A Turkish ministerial delegation also visited Pakistan as a sign of solidarity and support for the South Asian country.