Logistics specialists head for Pakistan

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Teams of logistics specialists are being sent to Pakistan to help with the relief effort after weeks of monsoon rains caused flooding that has affected more than 17 million people and destroyed almost one and a quarter million homes.

The British Red Cross has sent a team of four logistics specialists to Sindh province to help co-ordinate the arrival of aid so it can be delivered to those most in need. It will be working to speed up the delivery of aid into the worst-hit areas.

Richard North, logistics manager at the British Red Cross, said: “The British Red Cross team will be helping establish routes to get aid to flood victims as quickly as possible, in any way we can. We know from previous disasters that this often means using trucks, boats and even helicopters. But this is only half the battle. Once those routes in are up and running, it is vital aid continues to arrive in country in sufficient quantities to meet the vast needs.”

DHL has sent a team of four logistics experts from its disaster response team to set up a provisional warehouse and help with the logistical handling of relief goods at the military part of Islamabad airport. The team is working with the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Food Programme.

And Aramex, the Dubai based logistics provider, has launched “Support Pakistan”, a disaster relief campaign in the UAE. In partnership with Emirates National Oil Company and Volunteers in Dubai, Aramex will collect donations and extend logistics support to deliver aid.

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