Chinese Red Cross donation to Pakistan cyclone relief

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The Chinese Red Cross has donated 50,000 US dollars to cyclone relief in Pakistan, providing much needed funding to assist victims of flooding in Sindh province. The Chinese Red Cross, which itself responded to the biggest floods in decades last year, delivered the funds to the Pakistani Red Crescent through the Chinese embassy in Islamabad on June 1.
Abdul Rafiq Burki, secretary general of the Pakistani Red Crescent expressed his sincere thanks, saying the donation demonstrated the profound friendship between the people of Pakistan and China.

The International Federation launched an appeal on May 25, seeking CHF1.5 million (1 million US dollars) to assist 25,000 people displaced by the cyclone. The assistance effort in Sindh aims to provide some basic necessities such as food and medicines to those most affected by the cyclone.

The cyclone ravaged Sindh province from Thursday, 20 May 1999, killing more than 400 people and destroying nearly 600 villages in its path. The cyclone also destroyed 50,000 houses, seriously damaged 60,000 hectares of farmland and killed 2,000 livestock. Over 500,000 people were affected.

The bodies of 278 Indian fishermen who lost their lives as the cyclone raged across the Arabian Sea have been found at the western coast of India, officials say.