Pakistan Requests Relief Assistance from South Africa following the Recent Earthquake

Tshwane - The Pakistan Government has requested assistance from the South African Government following the recent earthquake that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and left thousands dead, maimed and wounded.

In a communique addressed to Minister Dlamini Zuma, the Pakistani authorities requested assistance in terms of blankets, tinned foods, medicines, tents and shelter including medical personnel.

In this regard and acting on instructions of Minister Dlamini Zuma, the Department of Foreign Affairs approached the Ministry of Health and several non-governmental organisations including Rescue South Africa, Gift of the Givers and Aerotrade, an aviation company assistance.

Following extensive consultations Minister Dlamini Zuma has today, Monday 10 October approved the despatch by air of eighteen doctors; ten paramedics; and thirty tons of aid including medicines, tents tinned food and blankets to Pakistan. The relief is expected to depart from South Africa on Tuesday 11 October 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma has extended her appreciation to the NGO's and hailed the operation as an example of a solid public and private partnership in helping the people of Pakistan in their hour of need. In this context, the government reiterates President Thabo Mbeki's message of condolences to leaders of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan following this natural disaster of unprecedented magnitude.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

10 October 2005

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