China sends aid to earthquake-hit Pakistan
Updated: 2005-10-09 10:51
The Chinese government on Sunday offered an emergency aid worth US$6.2
million to help earthquake victims in Pakistan.
The first batch of disaster relief materials is expected to arrive in
Islamabad at 5:00pm local time, according to the Chinese Commerce Ministry.
China also sent a
49-member international rescue team Sunday morning to Pakistan. The team, headed
by China Seismological Bureau deputy director Zhao Heping, was composed of 49
rescuers, medical staffs and seismological experts.
check and give clearance to the first batch of relief materials to be sent
to earthquake-stricken Pakistan at Beijing Capital International Airport
October 9, 2005. The emergency aid materials, weighing 15.3 tons and
valued at 5.44 million renminbi yuan, are airlifted to Pakistan by an Air
China cargo plane. [newsphoto]
This was the fourth international rescue team that China had sent abroad
since 2003, Xinhua news agency said.
On Saturday, Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message of condolences to his
Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf over the massive earthquake.
Hu, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name,
offered his condolences, through Musharraf, to the victims' families and the
injured, and expressed deep grief over those who were killed in the disaster.
Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing also extended
condolences to their Pakistani counterparts Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and
Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri over the deadly earthquake.