Emirati field teams dispatched to southern Pakistan began rescue efforts to help some 75,000 people affected by the floods, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
The number of those affected is expected to rise to 100,000, WAM said.
Torrential rains have pounded southern Pakistan, including the country’s financial capital Karachi, and have caused widespread flooding. At the end of August, at least 20 people were killed in Karachi as nearly 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain had fallen on the city.
About 120 people have died in various parts of Pakistan since June in rain-related incidents and many residents were angry with authorities for not helping them, AP reported on August 28.
As the Emirati teams set to work, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, accompanied by Dr. Salim Ali Al Dhanhani, UAE Consul-General in Karachi, visited Sindh province in Pakistan, where they met with Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister of Sindh province, WAM reported.
State officials discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties, including opportunities to organize commercial events, conferences and workshops.
“During the meeting, Al Zaabi praised the deep overall relations between the UAE and Pakistan, whose foundations were established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” WAM reported.
There are over a million Pakistanis in the UAE and the two countries have strong relations. In April, the UAE sent two aid planes with 25 combined tonnes of food and medical supplies to Pakistan to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The second aid plane would assist around 7,000 medical professionals as they worked to contain the virus, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation said in a statement at the time.
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