Tuesday 24 August 2010
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Massive logistical challenges must be addressed warns British Red Cross
Red Cross logistics team heads to Pakistan
A British Red Cross emergency logistics team is heading to Pakistan to help coordinate the flow of aid to those most in need.
As floodwaters further inundate the low-lying southern provinces of the Punjab and Sindh, and an increasing number of people require assistance, the team of four will be working to speed up the delivery of aid into the worst hit areas.
Flying out on Wednesday night (25/08/10), the team will be bound for Karachi and the devastated province of Sindh in Southern Pakistan.
“There are massive logistical challenges in Pakistan which are holding us back from reaching all the people in need. At the moment there are relief items ready to go but the challenge is getting them to places where roads, rail and all normal transport have been wiped out.” said Richard North, logistics manager at the British Red Cross.
“The British Red Cross team will be helping to establish routes to get aid to flood victims as quickly as possible, in any way we can. We know from previous disasters that this often means using trucks, boats and even helicopters. But this is only half the battle. Once those routes in are up and running, it is vital aid continues to arrive in country in sufficient quantities to meet the vast needs.”
The team going out includes: Peter Pearce (58, who lives in Germany), Kenny Hamilton (46, from Glasgow), Katy Thomas (32, from Manchester) and Dean Mitzon (39, who lives in Spain).
Kenny Hamilton said: “Having seen the devastation of Pakistan on the news, and knowing that there are still people who haven’t been reached, there is a huge role for logistics teams on the ground. As soon as we arrive we will be doing everything we can to get aid to those in need as quickly as possible.”
The British Red Cross is supporting the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal. To donate to the appeal go to www.dec.org.uk or call 0370 60 60 900
To film the team packing up logistics equipment including satellite phones, radios and GPS or leaving at the airport please contact the British Red Cross media team on 0207 877 7042/7039
Notes to Editors
- Since 21 July, the Pakistan Red Crescent (PRCS), with support from Movement partners has distributed relief to over 350,000 people across seven provinces.
- The Red Cross Red Crescent is planning to scale up its response five-fold. The massive humanitarian needs require a greater response than originally anticipated. The Pakistan Red Crescent has a big emergency stock in-country but we are also mobilizing relief supplies internationally.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.