Pakistan's ambassador in the Turkish capital of Ankara visited Monday the headquarters of aid organization Turkish Red Crescent and informed officials on the latest developments after the flood disaster in his country.
Speaking during Pakistani ambassador Tariq Azizuddin's visit, head of Turkish Red Crescent Tekin Kucukali said nearly 25 million people had been affected by the recent floods in Pakistan.
Describing Pakistan as Turkey's friend and brother, Kucukali said the Turkish nation had initiated a campaign to help the victims of the disaster.
Kucukali said Turkey had sent humanitarian aid to Pakistan via airway so far, adding a train carrying food and temporary shelters would depart from Ankara for Pakistan on Tuesday.
Thanking the Turkish Red Crescent for the help it extended to his country, Pakistani ambassador Azizuddin said that peoples of Turkey and Pakistan constituted a single nation and they always felt each other's pain.
Azizuddin also said that the Turkish media had played an important role in informing the Turkish nation on the latest developments in Pakistan after the flood disaster.
More than a million houses were damaged, nearly 4.5 million people started living on the streets and more than 2,000 people lost their lives after the disaster in Pakistan, Azizuddin said.
The ambassador noted that Pakistan would need 12-15 billion USD to remedy the damage it has incurred due to the flood disaster.
Floods, caused by Monsoon rains, have killed thousands of people and left millions homeless in Pakistan in the last couple of weeks.
After the disaster, Turkey sent 8 cargo planes full of nearly 244 tons of medicine, food, clothing and tents.
Turkey most recently sent two mobile hospitals and 40 medical personnel to flood-hit Pakistan to be deployed in Sind and Belucistan states.
Turkish government, which donated $10 million to Pakistan, also recently launched an aid campaign.
AALast Mod: 23 Ağustos 2010, 18:15