Saturday, October 08, 2005

Russia says ready to give emergency aid to quake-stricken Pakistan

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to give aid to Pakistan that was rocked by a strong earthquake Saturday morning, Viktor Beltsov, the ministry’s advisor for communications with the mass media said Saturday night. More specifically, Russia is ready to consign relief supplies and dispatch rescue workers to Pakistan, he said.

“The personnel and technology resources of the National Corps for Emergency Humanitarian Deployment have been placed on alert in case we’re asked to send rescue teams and humanitarians supplies to Pakistan,” he said.

Moscow is also considering a possibility of sending an expert who will join the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC), which is now assessing the volumes and contents of humanitarian aid the population of the quake-affected areas needs, Beltsov said.

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