Pakistani peacekeepers rescue over 2,000 flood-hit people in Congo

Stranded people were served with food and provided necessary medical care, says ISPR


News Desk April 26, 2020
Stranded people were served with food and provided necessary medical care, says ISPR. SCREENGRAB

Pakistani peacekeepers have rescued more than 2,000 people stranded due to heavy floods in Uvira region of South Kivu in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

"Torrential floods erupted in Uvira and surroundings in Congo starting last week, which continued for days. Rains and flooding damaged thousands of houses and affected nearly 75,000 people," the military's media wing said  in a tweet.



The ISPR said that Pakistani blue helmets, who are part of the UN rushed to the affected area and "built a stone embankment to check flood water, which was strong enough to shift people and vehicles from affected area".

Stranded people were served with food and provided necessary medical care, the ISPR said, adding, "Pakistani Peacekeepers’ rescue efforts have been widely acknowledged by UN."



Pakistan has more than 4,000 blue helmets serving under the UN for maintaining peace and stability across the world.

"157 Pakistani peacekeepers have laid their lives during various UN missions while serving humanity with honour and courage."

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