Foreign missions briefed over flood situation

ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wednesday, briefed Islam-abad-based Heads of Diplomatic Mission on the flood situation in the country and the damage caused to infrastructure, houses and crops. According to a press note issued by the Foreign Office, Lt Gen (R) Nadeem Ahmad, Chairman NDMA on the occasion gave a detailed presentation on the most affected districts in all the provinces, particularly in Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa. He also briefed them on the rescue and relief efforts being undertaken by the government and the support received from the UN and the international community. The Heads of the Missions expressed sympathies over the loss of lives and property in the unprecedented floods and assured international communitys support and solidarity with the people and the Government of Pakistan in meeting the challenges. The Foreign Minister informed the envoys that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had established an Emergency Relief Cell headed by an Additional Secretary to coordinate relief efforts with the international community and foreign missions in Islamabad. The missions can contact the Emergency Relief Cell for any facilitation at the following contact numbers: (51-9208782/9056458: Fax. No 51-9206140. Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan also attended the briefing.

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