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19:55 | 2010-08-23

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Minister Underlines Iran's Continued Aids to Pakistan's Flood-Hit Areas

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Monday stressed Tehran's continued aids to the Pakistani people affected by the recent devastating floods in the country, reminding that Iran is already among the first three international aid donors to Pakistan.

"Iran has sent more than 200 tons of consignments to the flood-stricken people in Pakistan," Najjar said in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart A. Rehman Malik here in Tehran today.

"Iran has been one of the first three countries which rushed to help the affected people in the Pakistan floods," he said, adding, "Iran's first aid cargo which included 47 tons of food, tents, blankets and necessary goods reached Pakistan less than a few hours after the floods."

Najjar also reminded that Iran has already dispatched five cargoes consisting of more than 200 tons of food, bread, tents, ground cloth as well as medical and hygiene materials for the Pakistani people.

Najjar is due to travel to Pakistan on Tuesday to visit the areas which were damaged or ruined by the devastating floods in the country.

Also during his upcoming visit, Najjar, who will be accompanied by a delegation from Iran's Red Crescent Society and relief organizations, is scheduled to discuss ways to send more relief aids to the Pakistani nation.

Iran's Red Crescent Society has also announced its readiness to set up a number of field hospitals in bordering areas with Pakistan to accelerate the relief and rescue efforts and treatment of the Pakistani people injured in the recent floods in the country.

The situation for millions of people in Pakistan is continuing to deteriorate.

14 million people are now known to be affected by the torrential rains and heavy flooding in Pakistan. At least 1500 people have been killed, with around 340,000 people rescued by authorities.

The country's Meteorological Department has delivered more bad news, predicting heavy rains over the next few days. The monsoon season is only halfway over in Pakistan.

The UN has said that hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to address the urgent humanitarian needs in the country. Many of those affected are angry at the government over the pace of relief efforts.

The UN assessment indicates that the scale of the floods is worse than the 2004 tsunami in Asia and the recent Haiti earthquake.