Jordan sends food, medical aid to Pakistan


dawn.com
Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010

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// Pakistani flood affected residents evacuate from a waterlogged area of Humayun near Jacobabad on August 15, 2010. -Photo by AFP Provinces Boat accident near Kot Addu; 22 feared dead Boat accident near Kot Addu; 22 feared dead AMMAN: A Jordanian plane carrying 3.5 tonnes of food and medical supplies left for Pakistan on Sunday to help aid millions of people hit by devastating floods, an official said.

“The plane also carries a 25-member medical team, including nine doctors, as well as 21,000 typhoid and cholera vaccines,” Brigadier Mohammad Mheisen of Jordan’s Royal Medical Services told the state-run Petra news agency.

Prince Rashed bin Hassan, King Abdullah II’s cousin and president of the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organisation’s board of trustees, said the kingdom would send more aid to Pakistan during Ramadan, according to Petra.

The United Nations has appealed for 460 million dollars to deal with the immediate aftermath of the floods, estimating that 14 million have been affected and that 1,600 have died.

Waters are still high and the United Nations has now confirmed the country’s first cholera case in Mingora, in the northwestern district of Swat, and said at least 36,000 people were reportedly suffering from acute diarrhoea. -AFP

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