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China, Pakistan send relief goods to avalanche-hit Afghans

AT-KABUL: China and Pakistan has sent humanitarian assistance on Saturday to the avalanche-hit Afghans.

Charge d’Affairs of the China’s Embassy in Kabul, Chen Shijie, provided check of $50,000 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). The amount was donated by the Red Cross Society of China as emergency humanitarian aid.

Chen said the avalanches occurred in several provinces in northern and central Afghanistan and caused heavy casualties. “As good neighbor and friend of Afghanistan, the Chinese people would like to express the sincere condolence and provide the aid in cash to the Afghan people, so as to improve the situation of the people affected by the avalanches,” he said.

President of the ARCS, Fatima Gailani, expressed her gratitude and said that China is the first country to provide humanitarian aid in cash to the ARCS after the avalanches occurred, which vividly shows the friendship and support of the Chinese people to the Afghan people once more.

Meanwhile, as a gesture of solidarity, Pakistan has sent two C-130 planes load of relief assistance for the Afghans affected by recent avalanches in different parts of the country.

The planes carrying tents, blankets, warm cloths, medicines and essential food items to help the natural disaster-hit people arrived at the Karzai International Airport on Saturday.

The consignment sent under instructions of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was handed over at the airport to Chairman of the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority Dr. Daim Kakar and Chairman of Panjshir Shura General Din Mohammad Jurrat by Ambassador of Pakistan Syed Abrar Hussain.

The Afghan dignitaries appreciated Islamabad for the humanitarian assistance and expressed gratitude for the timely support.

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