ISLAMABAD- Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Demonstration Area (SCODA) has extended assistance to flood victims in Pakistan.

“China and Pakistan are all-weather friends and iron brothers. Whenever times are tough, the two always come together and stand by each other. We will continue to join hands and create a better future together,” Ghulam Qadir, Pakistan’s Commercial Counsellor to China, said at the donation ceremony held by SCODA, to help the flood-affected people in Pakistan, Gwadar Pro reported on Monday.

On the occasion, Li Gang, Deputy Secretary of Party Working Committee of SCODA, on behalf of the committee and Chinese enterprises including East Sea Holding (Qingdao), Qingdao LULU Agriculture Equipment, China State Construction No 6 Bureau, SCO Everest (Qingdao) International Exhibition and Qingdao Xingangtong Mineral, delivered 225,000 yuan of relief funds to the representative of the Pakistani side.

Since mid-June, monsoon rains and floods have affected 33 million people in Pakistan, destroyed more than 5,000 kilometres of roads and bridges, and caused an estimated economic loss of $10 billion. 

The disaster saddened the hearts of SCODA members. Together with the Pakistan China Centre, the SCODA committee immediately organised fund raising campaigns and prepared relief supplies to help the disaster-stricken people in Pakistan.

“The SCODA has made its modest contribution to the people affected by the disaster,” Zhang Dong, Deputy Director of the SDODA committee, said.