Pak rescues 2,000 stranded in Congo

By Staff Reporter
Monday – April 27, 2020
RAWALPINDI: Pakistani peacekeepers rescued more than 2,000 people, stranded due to heavy floods, in Uvira region of South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, on Sunday, 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 75,000 people.

Pakistani “blue helmets,” part of united nations (UN) mission in Congo (the UN organisation stabilisation mission in the DRC - 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 4,000 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 honour, courage and dignity.