Oxfam aid flight leaves for Pakistan today

Published: 22 November 2005

An Oxfam aid flight carrying water tanks, blankets, and winter clothing for thousands of children will leave the UK for Pakistan at 17:00 today from Manston airport in Kent (Thursday). The aid flight worth almost US$350,000 is carrying a 40 ton cargo, (loading at 14:30 today) which will provide much needed relief for thousands of people made homeless by the Asian Earthquake.

An Oxfam aid flight carrying water tanks, blankets, and winter clothing for thousands of children will leave the UK for Pakistan at 17:00 today from Manston airport in Kent (Thursday). The aid flight worth almost US$350,000 is carrying a 40 ton cargo, (loading at 14:30 today) which will provide much needed relief for thousands of people made homeless by the Asian Earthquake.


Key items on the flight include:

    * Water tanks, pumps, pipes, testing kits and purification equipment to
      supply clean drinking water to thousands of people.
    * Winter clothes for 5,000 children.
    * 1,000 square meters of tarpaulin for constructing temporary shelters.
    * 30,000 blankets.

Speaking from Islamabad, Oxfam aid worker Shaista Aziz said:

"Aid is now getting through to many areas but we still have massive logistical challenges to overcome.

Providing access to shelter and warm clothing is vital to prevent the death toll from rising. As winter comes the blankets and children's winter clothing on this flight will help keep thousands of people warm.

This flight is our second flight to the area in as many days and we have already started aid distribution in many areas with more trucks on the road to the most remote areas. We are doing everything we can to turn the stream of aid already getting through into a steady flow."

Contact Information

For more information please contact:
Gwen Griffiths, Nicky Bennet or Brendan Cox in Oxford on + 44 (0) 1865 47 2498 or (Mob) + 44 (0) 7957 120 853