President Mamnoon Hussain lauded the humanitarian services rendered by Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) over the decades in times of natural calamities and any other emergency. The President said that the emerging challenges and increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters in the recent past have further increased the importance of the role of PRCS.
The President said this after being briefed on the relief efforts of PRCS for Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the wake of military operation Zarb-e-Azb and for affectees from recent floods and torrential rains by Chairman PRCS Dr. Saeed Elahi at Aiwan-i-Sadr.
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The University of Punjab and Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Monday signed an agreement to develop a volunteer force from the university students.
Under the accord, over 35,000 students and staff of the university would be enrolled as volunteers, enabling them to work in a state of natural disaster or human tragedy. The students will be asked to give their consent to work as volunteers at time of their enrolment with the university.
It was also decided that the University of Punjab will include `volunteerism’ as a subject in the syllabus of graduate programmes.
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The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has provided cooked food to over 65,000 while 100, 000 flood victims are being provided non-food items in the flood affected areas of Punjab and AJK besides six Mobile Health Units are working in the field with life saving medicines worth PKR One Billion.
The non-food items include family tent, blanket, tarpaulin sheet, stove, kitchen set, hurricane lamp, mosquito net, CGI Sheet, shelter tool kit, Jerry Cane and hygiene kit. The items are being provided in the worst affected areas of Punjab, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan while Sindh Branch has activated its Disaster Management mechanism and deployed Branch Disaster Response Teams (BDRT) in flood emergency declared areas of district Sukkur and Jacobabad. The District Disaster Response Team Volunteers of Disaster Management (DM) Cells have started helping evacuation process for taking the affectees to the safe places.
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Recent fighting in Libya has left Pakistani workers stranded in difficult conditions. More than 2,000 people are staying in two schools in the Nofleen area of Tripoli, where hygiene conditions remain challenging. In a recent distribution of aid organized by the ICRC and Libyan Red Crescent, in coordination with the Pakistani embassy, each of the 2,000 workers received 1kg of rice and personal hygiene items. The Pakistani embassy and the International Organization for Migration are working to make sure the workers are evacuated in the near future.