Islamabad, 30 August 2022 (TDI): The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, received the first flight of UAE relief airbridge for flood-stricken families in Pakistan.

Senior Pakistani Government officials as well as NDMA officials were also present. The flight landed on Monday in Pakistan.

The relief comes according to the directives of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. The relief assistance includes food, medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

In addition to that, the relief package also contains tents to help 30 million Pakistanis who lost their homes due to rain-induced flash floods.

Ambassador Hamad Obaid Alzaabi expressed his commitment on the occasion to standing with Pakistan in these times.

“Committed to stand by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and its friendly people in the current situation of floods and torrential rains, embodying the humanitarian role set by our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he stated.

Earlier, the field teams of Emirate Red Crescent and Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation provided emergency relief assistance to flood-affected people in various parts of Pakistan.

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Floods in Pakistan

Heavy rains have triggered flash floods and wreaked havoc across Pakistan since mid-June. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that more than 937 people are killed, including 343 children, and left at least 30 million without shelter.

In the light of this, the Government of Pakistan declared a “National Emergency”, appealing the International Community to help Pakistan assist the flood-stricken population.

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In addition to that, the floodwaters have damaged over 70,000 houses and some one million acres of crops and roads.

According to NDMA, Sindh was reported to have the highest number of deaths and an increase in 784pc in the monsoon floods. Likewise, Balochistan was reported to have an increase of 496pc of floods, having killed 234 people.