DHL disaster response team to stay on in Pakistan

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The DHL disaster response team will extend its deployment in Pakistan by a further two weeks, as recommended by the UN.

The recommendation follows a request made by the National Disaster Management Authority. Pakistan is still dependent on international assistance since devastating floods hit the region last month.

The DHL team has been working in the military section of the Islamabad airport since August 26. Its members unload incoming relief goods at the airport in Islamabad, sort supplies and palletise for further distribution.

Frank Appel, chief executive officer of Deutsche Post DHL said: “To date, our employees have handled 2,632 tons of relief supplies and assembled 2,500 special emergency packs for remote areas. Due to the nature of the disaster, the situation in Pakistan is improving only slowly which is why we decided to keep our Disaster Response Team on the ground.”

The team’s work is based on an agreement with the Pakistani NDMA and a long-standing partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


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