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10-04-2010, 08:18 PM
Ten bridges arrive in Karachi from UK
'Pakistan Times' Federal Bureau
ISLAMABAD: Ten bridges that set sail from London last month arrived in Karachi at the Pakistan International Container Terminal on Wednesday. The bridges, provided by the UK Government will replace some of those destroyed by the floods.

A press communiqué issued by the British High Commission [BHC] said in Islamabad on Thursday that the bridges are destined for the Malakand District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

A team of DFID-funded engineers has been on the ground since early August, identifying priority sites and planning delivery of the bridges.

British Deputy High Commissioner for Karachi Robert Gibson said: “The floods have washed away hundreds of bridges in Pakistan. These ten bridges represent a continued commitment by the UK to Pakistan to help the people most affected both now at this critical life-saving time and in the longer term as work begins to rebuild the country.

“People rely on bridges; they’re vital transport links; and will allow people to get to school, work, and get on with their lives.

“In addition to these ten bridges, the UK Government has committed some 18 billion rupees, plus another 7.5 billion rupees donated by the Britain public, to help the people of Pakistan.”

The bridges are the first instalment of a pre-agreed £10 million (approx Rs 1.3 billion) project which has been accelerated to help Pakistan recover from the floods. The original start date was scheduled for the New Year. DFID purchased the ten bridges in the UK and will hand them over to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. More bridges will follow.

On Sunday 19 September, UK Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announcement a further £70 million (nearly 9.5 billion rupees), from the UK Government to help people start rebuilding their lives, including re-starting agriculture, and getting children back to school, as well as further lifesaving aid for the south of Pakistan where the situation remains critical.

The UK Government has now committed a total of £134 million (nearly 18 billion rupees), while the UK public has generously donated a further £56m (approx 7.5 billion rupees) from their own pockets through the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal.

The UK was one of the first countries to respond to this crisis. UK aid is already providing immediate lifesaving aid including funding towards UN airlifts; twelve planes funded by DFID packed full of vital aid; emergency shelter, safe drinking water, and latrines for millions of people; one month food packages for nearly one million people; an emergency field camp in the worst affected area near Sukkur; help for half a million malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women; emergency health care and more.

10-07-2010, 06:40 PM
I'm reminded of the first story that Greg Mortenson tells in Three Cups of Tea. On his return trip to Baltistan after securing sponsorship in the US to build a school there, Greg Mortenson found that after hiking all these materials up through Gilgit and into Baltistan, the locals there, instead of using the materials to build a school, built a bridge instead.

Their logic was completely understandable - "we can wait for a school", but not being able to get to the other side of a valley during the winter troubled them more.

10-07-2010, 06:45 PM

10-07-2010, 07:23 PM
Good to see developments.