World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has decided to donate $5 million in cash for the victims of Pakistan's worst floods in decades, in addition to $1 million in humanitarian aid that has recently been dispatched to the flood-hit areas.
The nongovernmental organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and the state-run Turkish Red Crescent Society (Kizilay) have sent large humanitarian aid cargo planes to the region, aiming to provide immediate relief for flood victims, Cihan News Agency said.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Turkey is currently working to send 140 tons of humanitarian aid worth $1 million and has decided to send an additional $5 million in cash, “considering the increasing toll of the tragedy.”
The floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours, have engulfed Pakistan's Indus River basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing 2 million to flee their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or 8 percent of the population.
Several Turkish cargo planes carrying tons of aid including food packages, blankets, tents and cleaning and healthcare products have arrived in Pakistan in the past week.