PAK PEACEKEEPER FORCES RESCUE OVER 2000 MAROONED PEOPLE IN FLOODS – HIT CONGO: ISPR

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UVIRA (CONGO),(Parliament Times): Pakistani Peacekeepers rescued more than 2000 marooned people stranded in the heavy floods-hit UVIRA region of South Kivu in Democratic Republic of CONGO (DRC). ISPR has said. Torrential floods erupted in Uvira and surroundings in DRC starting last week which continued for days. Rains and flooding damaged thousands of houses and affecting some 75000 people, the ISPR said in a press release issued on Sunday. Pakistani Blue Helmets, part of UN Mission in Congo (MONUSCO), immediately rushed to the affected areas for rescue and relief of local Congolese Populace. Rescue parties were immediately dispatched with paramedics and rescue equipment to different locations. Troops also built a stone embankment to check the flood water, which was strong enough to shift people and vehicles from affected area. The stranded people were served with food and provided necessary medical care. Pakistani Peacekeepers’ rescue efforts have been widely acknowledged by locals as well UN authorities. Being one of the largest troops contributing country, Pakistan has more than 4000 blue helmets serving under UN for maintaining peace and stability. 157 Pakistani peacekeepers have laid their lives during various UN missions for preservation of global peace, while serving humanity with honors, courage and dignity.