NATO releases Pakistan quake aid statistics
With the last of NATO’s disaster relief teams out of Pakistan, officials have released a statistical breakdown of their effort to aid earthquake victims in the region.
All told, each of NATO’s 26 member nations contributed either monetary or physical aid, officials said. The most ambitious part of the aid program, dubbed the “NATO Air Bridge” involved planes, helicopters and personnel from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The teams flew more than 3,500 tons of aid supplies during 170 flights, most of which flew into Pakistan from Ramstein, Germany, and Incirlik, Turkey.
Among the items airlifted into the region — where more than 80,000 people were killed in an October earthquake — were 505,272 blankets; 16,820 stoves; 17,941 tents; 31,504 mattresses; 34 tons of medical supplies; 49,800 sleeping bags and four water purification systems.
NATO troops from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, the United Kingdom and Portugal made up a field hospital that treated nearly 5,000 patients and conducted 160 major surgeries, NATO said. Mobile medical units treated an additional 3,424 patients.
The U.S. Army’s 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, deployed separately from Germany, remains in Pakistan.
Helicopters from Germany, Luxembourg and France ferried more than 7,650 earthquake victims to shelters and transported 1,750 tons of relief supplies.
In all, some 1,200 NATO troops from 17 nations set foot in Pakistan for the aid mission.