Wednesday Aug 25, 201009:09 AM GMT
Ahmadinejad to visit flood-hit Pakistan
Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:49AM
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to visit Pakistan's flood-stricken regions soon.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to visit flood-ravaged Pakistan in the near future, as the United Nations continues calling on governments for assistance.

"Due to the severity of the disaster, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to visit Pakistan to make decisions required to better supply relief to the victims," Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Wednesday.

The minister further added that the Islamic Republic would use all its facilities to help the survivors of the disaster in Pakistan.

"The survivors are prone to infectious diseases which may spread to neighboring states; therefore, precautionary measures should be adopted," Najjar went on to say.

Iran, which was among the first countries to send aid to Pakistan, has so far dispatched 330 tons of humanitarian aid, including food, water, medicine and tents to its eastern neighbor.

Deadly rains in Pakistan left more than 1,600 people dead and affected 20 million lives within 25 days. The disaster is far from over as the country braces itself for a fresh wave of floods in the country's south.

Floodwaters have surged deeper into areas of Sindh province in southern Pakistan. More rains have been forecast for several parts of the flood-stricken country.

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