Belgium to assist aid efforts in earthquake zone

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4 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian military transport planes will be deployed to bring emergency supplies to the homeless victims of Pakistan's October earthquake.

4 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian military transport planes will be deployed to bring emergency supplies to the homeless victims of Pakistan's October earthquake.

The Defence Ministry said on Wednesday the planes will transport goods being donated to the earthquake victims by UNICEF.

The survivors — many of whom are sheltering in tents — are facing increasingly difficult conditions as the Central Asian winter closes in.

Emergency assistance efforts have been kept on the ground in the past three days due to heavy snow and rain.

Belgium will therefore send two flights with 40 tonnes of emergency supplies in the near future. Exact details are not yet known.

"We are in the middle of preparing the flights," Defence Ministry spokesman Gérard Harveng said.

Dependent on availability, C-130s or Airbus planes will be used to transport the goods, public broadcaster VRT reported.

The freight will mainly consist of blankets and medical kits for urgent care.

Meteorologists expect a new cold snap in coming days with temperatures falling to minus 10 degrees Celsius in the higher regions.

The bad weather in Kashmir has reportedly cost the lives of 12 people since Sunday.

An estimated 75,000 people were killed in the earthquake on 8 October 2005 and a further 3.5 million were made homeless.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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