TNT Airways has teamed up with its partner, WFP, to deliver emergency food rations to the survivors of last week’s earthquake in Pakistan that killed some 25,000 people and left hundreds of thousands without food or shelter.
One of TNT’s largest aircraft, an Airbus 300, took off this morning from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy, for the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, carrying 35 metric tons of high energy biscuits (BP5) for desperate people in most affected areas.
The ready-to-eat biscuits will provide essential nutrients for one week for more than 75,000 people at severe risk of malnutrition. The flight will be part of an airlift from Brindisi to Pakistan, which started on Monday with two WFP planes carrying biscuits, medical supplies and generators. More flights are planned next week.
“For people facing the daunting task of finding much-needed food, water and shelter, these biscuits could well mean the difference between life and death,” said Jeff Rowland, Deputy Director of WFP Private Donor Relations.
Living in the open
WFP greatly appreciates the assistance TNT is giving us to bolster our humanitarian intervention in Pakistan
Jeff Rowland, Deputy Director of WFP Private Donor Relations
The high-energy biscuits, donated by the Government of Norway, are vital in the immediate aftermath of disasters like the South Asia earthquake, with people living out in the open and no means to prepare food.
TNT, the global express, logistics and mail company, is one of WFP's largest corporate partners. Under this unique collaboration, TNT has provided invaluable support to WFP and to people in desperate need around the world through express transportation of relief supplies critical in emergencies.
As well as providing the plane, TNT has sent three forklift trucks to Islamabad airport to help offload humanitarian cargos. It has also offered WFP the use of its resources in Pakistan, including trucks, personnel and warehousing.
“WFP greatly appreciates the assistance TNT is giving us to bolster our humanitarian intervention in Pakistan,” Rowland said.
Since 2003, TNT has performed land and air transports of humanitarian supplies to emergency operations in Niger, Liberia, Iran, Sudan and Haiti, and has provided transportation services to several other countries.
By transporting the goods on weekends when demands for commercial activities are at their lowest, TNT reinforces WFP's emergency response activities in a cost effective and flexible manner.
The Airbus for this mission is being flown from Liege in Belgium to Brindisi, where it will pick up the biscuits.
The earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale, wiped out towns and villages across northern Pakistan and also affected Indian-administered Kashmir and parts of Afghanistan. Hardest hit are five districts in northeastern Pakistan, near the line that separates Pakistani- and Indian-administered Kashmir.