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The SRSA's (Swedish Rescue Services Agency) disaster relief to Pakistan consisting of over 900 tents and food and clothing for WFP personnel has now arrived.
Each tent accommodates 20 people.
On Tuesday 25th October two cargo aeroplanes departed from Landvetter Airport. Martin Sjöholm, Magnus Nilsson and P=E5l Sundqvist from the SRSA were on board.
Receiving the disaster relief were the International Red Cross and the Pakistani government.
In total the SRSA now has 14 members of staff in the earthquake stricken area of Pakistan, of which 11 form a support team.
On Tuesday next week the Swedish Rescue Services Agency will send an additional 975 tents to Pakistan.
Over the last few days the Pakistani Embassy in Stockholm has appealed to the Swedish Rescue Services Agency for a rapid response to the enormous need for tents for the millions made homeless as a result of the earthquake.
It will be the military 20 man tents fitted with heaters that will be sent over, along with an equal number of tarpaulins for use as tent groundsheets.
This cargo weighs 93 tons and will require one or more large cargo aircraft, which will depart from …
On Wednesday afternoon a convoy of lorries, amongst others the eleven lorries loaded with the 36 tons of tents and blankets from Sweden, left Islamabad in Pakistan. And under a military escort, for security reasons are expected to arrive in Muzaffarabad in 5- 6 hours.
"It's 140 kilometres to Muzaffarabad", said the SRSA's Magnus Nilsson, who in conjunction with Lina Eiserman =C5lund and Martin Sjöholm will ensure that the tents and blankets reach those in need of them.
The convoy of 30 vehicles also includes relief dispatches from France, Germany and Belgium.
On Saturday 8th October, Pakistan was struck by an earthquake that measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.
It is feared that 30 - 40 thousand people lost their lives as a result.
The worst hit areas are around Kashmir, where several villages were completely destroyed. Rain and general bad weather conditions in the region have delayed the relief work.
The Swedish Rescue Services Agency has sent over 200 winter-tents and at least 3,000 blankets. The tents which are lined and equipped with heaters can accommodate five to six people.