Humanitarian relief flights to Pakistan go on

  • 16 Sep. 2010 -
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  • Last updated: 17 Sep. 2010 15:28

An Antonov 124 transport aircraft arrived in Islamabad on 16 September , carrying around 100 tons of high energy biscuits donated by the World Food Programme (WFP). Departing from from Izmir in Turkey, the Antonov 124 was chartered under the multinational consortium of NATO countries SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution).

An Antonov 124 transport aircraft departed the Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany on Friday, 27 August carrying around 100 tons of relief goods to Islamabad. It delivered power generators and water tanks donated by Germany, as well baby food donated by a non-governmental organisation. The transport aircraft lease was a contribution by Germany to the overall NATO effort to airlift humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

Earlier this week, on 9 and 11 of September, two C 135 aircraft brought to Islamabad a field hospital, as well as medical and water purification equipment and blankets donated by the French government. The goods comprised around 9 tons in total.

 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.