The Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Dr. Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday paid tribute to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for providing quick relief and stressed providing mobile medical teams along with essential medicines to quake-hit countries.
dr Ahsan Iqbal chaired the meeting via video link, while NDMA Chairman Lt. Gen. Inam Haider Malik and Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Pacaci attended the session, according to a press release.
The NDMA hosted a special session of the National Emergencies Operation Center (NEOC) to examine the humanitarian aid package for earthquake-hit Turkiye and Syria.
The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Dr. Yousaf Junaid, Ambassador of Pakistan to Syria, DG NLC, Air Marshal (R) Shahid Akhter and representatives from Ministry of Health Services, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Pakistan Navy and PDMAs.
The minister said a fundraiser was also launched in educational institutions across the country to collect donations for victims of the earthquakes. The action was launched in schools, colleges and universities in response to the Prime Minister’s call.
The NDMA Chairman informed that the agency arranged and shipped 162 tons and 9 tons of aid supplies to Turkiye and Syria respectively, while aid shipments totaling 447 tons were sent to both countries by NLC trucks.
This shipment features large, family-sized winterized tents and blankets that meet the current needs of earthquake victims. In addition, Pakistan Army Deputy USAR team and Rescue 1122 team have conducted several rescue operations in Turkiye.
The chairman of the NDMA said that the delivery of 195 tons consisting of double-layer tents and the procurement of 1600 tons of food bags are in progress, which will be shipped to both countries by NLC trucks and ships of the Pak Navy in the coming days.
He stressed that the NDMA is also coordinating additional rescue and medical teams for Syria and Turkey. He said the NDMA has notified 13 collection points nationwide for earthquake-affected donations.
The Turkish Ambassador thanked the people and government of Pakistan for pushing ahead with the relief effort as a top priority. The ambassador also expressed the Turkish side’s request to send additional humanitarian aid in the form of isolated tents, solar batteries and generators.
DG NLC provided information on road logistics for aid shipments to Syria and Turkey. DG PDMA Punjab said that through public mobilization, PDMA collected 7986 blankets and 221 food bags which will be given to NDMA.
During the meeting, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Dr. Yousaf Junaid, and Ambassador of Pakistan to Syria Air Marshal (R) Shahid Akhter, the meeting on the current situation and ongoing rescue operations in their respective countries.
NDMA, NLC mobilize 21 more relief trucks for earthquake victims in Turkiye, Syria
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Logistics Cell (NLC) on Sunday mobilized about 21 other NLC trucks carrying over 1,650 tons of relief supplies, which were sent to affected brothers and sisters in Turkiye and Syria.
The NDMA and NLC continued relief efforts for earthquake victims in Turkiye and Syria after deciding to speed up relief efforts for earthquake victims in Turkiye and Syria.
Relief supplies included 2,084 tents and 27,280 blankets. Pakistan will not abandon its affected brothers and sisters in Turkiye and Syria in this difficult hour.
The Pakistani army, people and government institutions are always ready to serve their affected brothers and sisters in Turkiye and Syria, she added.