China has provided emergency supplies worth 40 million yuan (around 5.7 million dollars) to Pakistan to help the country improve its disaster relief management capacity so as to provide support to the country’s socio-economic development.
The supplies including 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets, 10,000 emergency care kits and 10,000 wash bags that arrived in Pakistan on Feb 10.
These were formally handed over to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday, in accordance with an agreement signed by the governments of China and Pakistan in May 2019.
Addressing the delivery ceremony in Islamabad, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said China and Pakistan have a tradition of supporting and helping each other.
Pakistan is one the first countries in the world to show solidarity with Chinese people and provide help to China in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), he said.
Yao said that both governments put people’s welfare at the centre of their work. China will always be ready to help the Pakistani people in terms of disaster relief, he added.
Chairman of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Muhammad Afzal thanked China for the provision of the emergency supplies and the great help extended for dealing with desert locust attacks.
He said that the supplies provided by Bejing will be put to good use to effectively reduce the damages caused by disasters.
Pakistan is a country where earthquakes, heavy rains, floods, landslides and other natural disasters occur frequently. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in the country in September last year, leaving more than two dozen people dead and 476 others injured.