UK aid flies out to Pakistan today

Published: 22 November 2005

An aid flight headed for Pakistan, containing 800 tents for Oxfam and 19,000 blankets for Islamic Relief, will take off from Nottingham East Midlands Airport at approximately 16:00 today (Tuesday). The tents will provide temporary shelter for thousands of people affected by the Asian Earthquake.

An aid flight headed for Pakistan, containing 800 tents for Oxfam and 19,000 blankets for Islamic Relief, will take off from Nottingham East Midlands Airport at approximately 16:00 today (Tuesday). The tents will provide temporary shelter for thousands of people affected by the Asian Earthquake.

This first aid flight from the UK is estimated to arrive in Islamabad at 05:00 tomorrow morning (local time, Wednesday) and will be taken to the worst affected regions where aid has not yet reached.

Oxfam's aid worker in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani administered Kashmir, Shaista Aziz said:

"The situation here in Muzaffarabad is desperate with thousands of people without shelter. As winter sets in, the weather is becoming increasingly cold and wet, these tents will help to keep people warm and dry. Exposure is a real worry, even pregnant women are forced to sleep in the open. This aid is vital and will help us save lives. "

On behalf of Islamic Relief, Aziz Rajab-ali said:

"This aid is essential to the survival of the survivors of this disaster. The Islamic Relief UK Manager, Waseem Yaqub, is flying out to Pakistan tonight and will accompany the cargo to the affected regions. This is an excellent example of NGOs and the UK Government working in partnership for the benefit of the people affected by the earthquake."

The aid flight is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

Oxfam and Islamic Relief are two of 13 leading charities running an emergency appeal for aid to those affected by the Asian Earthquake. People can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal by calling 0870 6060900 or go to www.dec.org.uk.

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