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15 August 2010 - Pakistan - French emergency aid - Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

In view of the exceptional gravity of the situation in Pakistan, Bernard Kouchner has decided to dispatch a plane carrying 60 tons of humanitarian supplies, in response to Pakistan and the United Nations’ requests.

The cargo includes, among other things, 35 tons of emergency equipment (tarpaulins, water tanks, blankets, jerry cans and cooking kits), 250 kg of water purification tablets and 200 ShelterBoxes (11 tons).

This same flight will also allow us to deliver a cholera kit (5 tons) for Médecins du Monde, a drinking water station (6 tons) given by the Veolia Foundation to the NGO Première Urgence and 4 tons of medicines including, in particular, donations from the Pompiers de l’Urgence and Tulipe associations.

This operation is being carried out by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs crisis center, in liaison with the Pakistani Embassy in Paris.

The plane, which leaves France on August 18, will arrive on August 19 in Islamabad, where it is expected by the Pakistani authorities.

This comes on top of the €1.05 million worth of aid allocated by France since the start of the disaster which has hit Pakistan.

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