Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong on Tuesday handed over $300,000 in emergency cash assistance to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to help people affected by the floods.
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – August 30, 2022): Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong on Tuesday handed over $300,000 in emergency cash assistance to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to help people affected by the floods.
Addressing the handover ceremony, the Chinese ambassador said that Pakistan is currently facing severe flooding, which has caused many casualties and heavy economic losses.
“We share the agony of those people who are caught in difficulties and troubles due to the flood. I am sure that with our joint efforts, we will overcome the difficulties,” he said.
He said Chinese President Xi JinPing sent his flood disaster sympathy message to Pakistani President Arif Alvi the other day, expressing that China and Pakistan are all-time strategic partners with a long tradition of cooperation. mutual assistance, and that China continue to aid and assist Pakistan’s relief work.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also sent his sympathy message to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the same day, the ambassador added.
Chinese people always remember that when the Wenchuan earthquake hit China in 2008, Pakistan donated all the tents stored in the disaster areas. When the flood hit Pakistan, the Chinese government immediately expressed concern and sympathy.
He added that the first batch of 3,000 tents had also been handed over as part of China’s emergency humanitarian aid. It is part of our donation program worth 100 million RMB, including 25,000 tents and other relief materials.
In addition, the All Pakistan Chinese Business Association (APCEA) has donated Rs 15 million to the PM Flood Relief Fund. Some of the Chinese companies in Pakistan are still trying to provide more relief materials and cash donations to the local community.
He added that the Chinese government also pledges to support Pakistan’s post-disaster reconstruction and promote bilateral cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation.
The Ambassador further stated that disasters have no emotion, but people do.
“Our actions of support and assistance highlight our unfailing brotherhood,” he added.
Quoting President Xi Jinping saying, “When brothers come together, there is nothing they cannot achieve”, I firmly believe that with the joint efforts of the government and people of Pakistan, Pakistan is sure to overcome the flood disaster at an early date.
Zahra Baloch, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked the government and the Chinese Embassy for the emergency financial assistance provided to flood-affected people by the Red Cross Society of China at the Society of the Pakistan Red Crescent.
She said Pakistan is currently facing devastating floods due to unprecedented monsoon rains.
During this difficult period, China, our iron brother and closest friend, has once again risen to the occasion and provided us with much-needed timely assistance.
There has been considerable loss of lives, livelihoods, livestock, crops, property and infrastructure across Pakistan.
After the first stages of relief and rescue, the second stage of rehabilitation and reconstruction will begin, which would require even greater resources.
She said, “We are deeply grateful to our Chinese brothers for supporting us during this time of misfortune. We have received messages of condolences and sympathy from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.”
China has always been the first country to step in and support Pakistan in good times and bad times. She added that we are grateful that throughout this adversity, the Chinese government and people have stood with us and shown compassion and generosity.
“We are grateful for the Herculean efforts of the Chinese Embassy under the leadership of Ambassador Nong in providing us with assistance,” she concluded.
Abrar ul Haq, President of PRCS, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, also thanked the Chinese government and Ambassador Nong Rong for their emergency cash assistance.