Turkish PM’s wife assures support to rebuild flood-damaged homes

The wife of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thursday assured the flood affected people of Pakistan all support of her countrymen in helping rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Emine Erdogan, who along with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and First Lady Fauzia Gilani, visited a relief camp here at the Pir Sabak village near Nowshera, said the people of Turkey can feel the pain and losses of their Pakistani brethren.

Addressing the gathering, Emine Erdogan in her speech expressed concern over the devastation caused by heavy floods in Pakistan and said Turkey stands with its brother country in this hour of distress.

She said Turkey would provide every possible assistance to Pakistan in overcoming the situation.

She said Turkey had provided assistance to Pakistan during 2005 earthquake and would stay with them in recent crisis till the return of affected people to their homes.

Emine said Turkey would provide more pre-fabricated houses for the homeless besides sending them 40 containers of relief goods, clothing and food.

Mrs. Erdogan also announced a model village for 10,000 people having health, education and other basic facilities.

She said Turkey has also dispatched 1500 tons of relief goods through a train that has reached Quetta. Besides Turkey has announced a cash assistance of $ 10 million for immediate relief of the flood affected people of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Gilani stressed the need for whole nation’s entire energy to overcome the severe situation as it was the question of survival of millions.

“The calamity is not yet over and we are still in the middle of disaster,” he said.

He said support extended by Turkish government and people during the 2005 earthquake had been exemplary and the country was still providing great assistance in the present flood situation.

He said Pakistan was passing through one of the most critical times in history, adding that “we are literally in hot waters.”

He mentioned that the scale of devastation caused by floods was unprecedented as compared to the tsunami and 2005 earthquake in Pakistan’s northern areas.

Gilani said millions had lost their homes and their near and dear ones, besides the agriculture and livestock on which most of the population depended, were severely affected.

He said every eighth citizen in the country was affected by the floods.

Gilani said without external assistance of international community, it would not have been possible to manage the difficulties.

He thanked Turkey for always sharing the burden of Pakistan in difficult times, and said the visit of Turkish PM’s wife at this critical juncture would prove helpful in this hour of distress.

Earlier, the Prime Minister, First Lady and the visiting dignitary went around the camp, currently housing over 200 families and being run by the Turkish Red Crescent Society, with the help of Pakistani volunteers. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti and Economic Affairs minister Hina Rabbani Khar also accompanied them.