NATO continues to airlift relief goods to help Pakistan’s flood victims

  • Last updated: 24 Sep. 2010 13:38

A Trainer Cargo Aircraft from the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (AWACS) arrived in Islamabad this week with around 17 tons of relief goods. In addition to water purification systems, including one donated by NATO, the aircraft also carrried tents, beds and blankets donated by the German government.

NATO has donated one Water Treatment System on request of the Pakistani authorities. It is capable of produceing 1600 liters of drinking water per hour. Together with the system follows climicals/comsumables for 90 days of use. The system has its own integral power unit  and an external generator to run a waterpumps. Here the all the equipment for the Water Treament System is loaded onto an AWACS training plane at the NATO Airforce Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and headed the same day for Islamabad in Pakistan.

The goods were delivered on 20 September and were part of the international community’s overall effort to support the victims of the flood disaster in Pakistan.

The North Atlantic Council decided in August to provide airlift and sealift assistance for the delivery of donations by nations and humanitarian relief organizations, in response to a request by the Government of Pakistan.