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Standing by nation in hour of need is Army's 'sacred duty': DG ISPR

National Flood Response Coordination Center holds first meeting to review flood response

03:27 PM | 3 Sep, 2022
Standing by nation in hour of need is Army's 'sacred duty': DG ISPR
Source: ISPR

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar assured the nation that the armed forces would stand by the people in this hour of need.

Briefing the media persons at National Flood Response and Coordination Center in the country’s federal capital, DG ISPR said armed forces continued operations rescuing people and also provided them with relief items.

He addressed the situation as the National Flood Response Coordination Centre on Saturday held a briefing on the ongoing rescue and relief efforts and expressed resolve to fight the devastating floods together.

DG ISPR said troops are coordinating with Rangers, Frontier Corps, disaster management authorities, civil administration, and welfare organisations under the Relief, Rescue, and Rehabilitation (RRR) strategy.

He mentioned the recent visit of the Army Chief to the flood-affected areas and made a detailed assessment, adding that all formations and senior commanders of the army were present in flood-affected areas and engaged in relief operations.

The top general directed that Army will not abandon people in this difficult time, no matter how much time and effort it takes, Major General Babar Iftikhar mentioned, adding 276 helicopters of Pakistan Army Aviation were working in different areas of the country.

Recalling the miserable incident of the Lasbela chopper crash, DG ISPR said soldiers risked their lives to partake in relief activities, mentioning the accident resulted in the death of six officers.

He maintained that soldiers were working on rescue operations for the last two months, treating it like a "sacred responsibility". DG ISPR said people trapped by floods in Kamrat and Kalam were also evacuated to safer areas by army helicopters.

Continuing further, he said armed forces distributed three-day worth of rations to flood affectees - weighing around 1,685 tons and had also distributed 25,000 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) along with tents.

At least 284 flood relief collection points were established across Pakistan, wherein 2,294 tons of rations, more than 311 tons of basic necessities and more than 1,070,000 medicines were donated by the people of Pakistan.

He mentioned that C130s and helicopters rescued more than 1,521 people during 135 sorties, while revealing that 41 relief camps of the Pakistan Air Force were helping people. Commending the Navy's emergency response teams, he said Navy teams rescued 10,000 people and distributed more than 55,000 food packages.

DG ISPR mentioned that all generals have donated one month's salary for flood victims, and mentioned that Rs417 million had been collected by the army relief fund for victims with Rs 44 million collected in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who was flanked by army officers, said the country was facing the worst climate-induced damage in recent memory, with 33 million people affected by the floods.

The PML-N leader said around one million houses were damaged, about 5,000 kilometres of roads were ruined in recent days.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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